Sarah Outen forced to delay ocean challenge again

Sarah Outen in Japan
Sarah Outen in Japan

WORLD traveller Sarah Outen’s row across the Pacific Ocean has once again been postponed due to bad weather conditions.

Sarah, 26, of Oakham has spent two weeks in Choshi, Japan, waiting for calm seas to launch across the ocean towards Canada.

The row is expected to take 150 to 200 days and Sarah has already had to delay her launch by a fortnight, setting her back considerably.

On her online blog Sarah said: “Fellow ocean rower Charlie Martell slipped out from Choshi Marina yesterday morning (Saturday) in Gulliver’s [Sarah’s boat] sister boat “Blossom” on his North Pacific rowing bid, but we stayed on land and waited.

“I am glad, too – after a cracking start yesterday Charlie and Blossom have had a rough second day in big swells, confined to the cabin on the sea anchor and feeling rather sick.”

No stranger to challenges Sarah has already kayaked from London to France and cycled across Europe and Asia before kayaking to Japan where she has spent the winter training for the row ahead of her.

She plans to travel the world using manpower alone.

Once she reaches Canada she will cycle across to the Atlantic Ocean and then row to the UK and cycle and kayak back to London. She aims to reach home in autumn next year.

Sarah now predicts that she might be able to launch from Japan between May 14 and 20.