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Kiwi in record books after rowing across Pacific

Two world records were set yesterday when two women successfully rowed 4000km across the Pacific Ocean in 60 days to raise money for charity.

Successful rowers Tara Remington and Angelna Madsen.

Auckland University lecturer Tara Remington, 44, and former US marine turned paralympian Angela Madsen, 54, set off from Los Angeles on May 20 in their 6m rowboat Spirit of Orlando.

When they landed in Hawaii last night NZT, they became the first female pair to row from California to Hawaii, while Ms Madsen became the first paraplegic to complete the 4000km journey.

Remington is raising money for a New Zealand girl Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman who lost her arms and legs to meningitis as a baby in 2004. Now 10, Charlotte needs help with prosthetic limbs as she grows.

Madsen was also rowing for charity, raising money for wounded US war veterans.

The pair were joined by family, friends and an inquisitive pod of dolphins as they rowed into Hawaii's Waikiki Harbour.

"I feel like I just stepped off The Tardis because it's just so surreal to go for two months to sea and then suddenly there's all these people and family and media," says Ms Remington.

She will now spend the next 10 days in Hawaii relaxing and eating, trying to gain back the estimated 20kg she thinks she lost during the row.

Remington and Madsen will then row the Spirit of Orlando into Pearl Harbour on July 22 to pay their respects to fallen US soldiers.