Mixed emotions for Sarah Outen in the Pacific

Sarah Outen at the oars of Happy Socks
Sarah Outen at the oars of Happy Socks

There have already been plenty of ups and downs on the turbulent seas for adventurer Sarah Outen who is now in her 15th day on the ocean.

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 27, from Oakham, who has shaved her head for the journey, has made good progress but experienced some rough conditions earlier in the week.

Sarah Outen restarted her challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power when she set off from Choshi Marina Japan on April 27.

Sarah is bidding to become the first woman to row 4,500 miles solo across the north Pacific. While she is alone on the waves, Sarah has been keeping people up to date with her progress via Twitter and by phonecasts which she is posting on her website www.sarahouten.com.

On Monday, Sarah tweeted: “Hello seasickness my old friend. Strapped into my bed, everything tied down, sea anchor out. Ready for the rough.”

She added: “Like a bucking bronco inside the cabin and sweltering.”

However, in her most recent update yesterday, she said conditions had improved and the gale had turned.

While at times, the solitary journey has been tough going, Sarah has also written about her enjoyment at some of the sights she has experienced.

She tweeted on Saturday: “Stowed oars as stars filled an inky sky. Deep joy.”

On Sunday she wrote: “Woke to silken seas and sunshine. Perfect for watching the sperm whales who were cruising by. Magic.”

The adventurer has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Japan, starting the journey in April 2011. She restarted her Pacific crossing after capsizing last summer.