Adventurer Sarah Outen will fly to Japan today to restart world challenge

Sarah Outen stows provisions on board her rowing boat prior to them both travelling to Japan to re-commence Sarah's London2Londown via the World challenge'Photo: MSMP040213-120js
Sarah Outen stows provisions on board her rowing boat prior to them both travelling to Japan to re-commence Sarah's London2Londown via the World challenge'Photo: MSMP040213-120js

Adventurer Sarah Outen will fly out to Japan today (Wednesday) to restart her challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power.

Before leaving, former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 27, from Oakham, said she was feeling a mixture of nerves, excitement and sadness as she leaves her family and friends in Rutland to re-embark on her London2London: Via the World expedition.

Sarah said: “I am feeling some nerves but I think it is good to have a bit of fear and apprehension of the ocean and to respect the grand scale of it.”

The double world record holder learnt to respect the ocean when she had to cut short her attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean in June when her rowing boat Gulliver broke up in a tropical storm.

The Japanese coastguard rescued Sarah from the sea exhausted and dehydrated, having battled 45ft waves and 100mph winds for three days.

Before that Sarah had cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Japan, starting the journey in April last year.

Sarah said: “I think it is only natural to have some nerves but I am looking forward to getting out on the water again.

“I am satisfied we have been able to rebuild the project and put a team together so I can be back in the water less than a year after having to stop.

“I am looking forward to activating the plan we have been putting together for months, getting out there and sharing all the stories.

The build up to the expedition has not been all clean sailing, with Sarah’s training hampered by coming down with the flu and tonsillitis three weeks ago.

But the adventurer spent an afternoon being put through her paces on Monday and says she is back to nearly 100 per cent.

Happy Socks, Sarah’s new boat, is already on its way to Japan where she will meet up with it next week, ready to recommence the expedition weather permitting on April 1.

Sarah said it has been a team effort to get her back out to Japan. She said: “I want to say thank you to all the people and businesses which have supported me.

“It’s really touching when people come up to me and wish me good luck.”