ADVENTURER Sarah Outen is to make a second attempt to row the North Pacific.
Sarah, 27, of Oakham, had to be rescued by the coastguard after her boat capsized during heavy storms in June during a solo row across the Pacific Ocean.
She was 500 miles east of her starting point when she was forced to make the call and had to abandon her beloved boat, which she had nicknamed Gulliver.
It was part of her London2London Via the World challenge to travel the world by kayaking, rowing and cycling.
She announced on her blog on Saturday that she planned to make a second attempt.
Sarah, who attended Stamford High School, said: “I am happy to say that my plan for the L2L journey is to return to the ocean and make a second attempt on the North Pacific.
“There was a moment during Tropical Storm Mawar (or Rosie as I had nicknamed it) in June when I thought I would come home and be a teacher. Safe, dry, tucked away from battering waves and the terrible washing machine simulation that Mawar was treating Gulliver and me to.
“But even before the end of the storm I had already messaged Sara to say that, while I really wasn’t keen on going head to head with Tropical Storms, I was still in love with the ocean. And I still am.”
Sarah said she is now focusing on making the trip during the 2013 season and will start the row, which takes between 150 and 200 days, next year.
She added: “In the meantime, my focus is on planning and preparation across all areas of the campaign – funding, training, logistics, kit preparation, mental preparation, team building.
“My experience with Rosie taught me a lot, so it is with this extra knowledge and perspective that the boat and I will be readied for the next attempt. Lessons from Charlie Martell and his boat Blossom (also heavily damaged by Mawar) will also be important.”
The challenge is raising money for four charities close to Sarah’s heart, which are Coppafeel, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association and WaterAid. She is still hoping to hit the £100,000 target.
She added: “As ever, everyone is invited to join the journey and share in the highs and lows and everything in between.
“If this continuation of the journey does one thing, I hope it inspires people to get out and about and take on their own adventures and challenges. Just watch out for typhoons on the way.”