Sarah Outen starts next leg of adventure

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A FORMER Stamford High School pupil has taken to the sea in the next leg of her adventure around the world.

Sarah Outen, 26, from Oakham, began her row across the Pacific Ocean from Coshi in Japan at 7.06am on Sunday.

On Sunday night Sarah Tweeted: “Long day on the oars and about to row through night. Sleep monsters already here.”

But on Tuesday she hit her first hurdle when her boat Gulliver capsized.

She Tweeted: “Just capsized. Ok. Nervous of another. Going to put para anchor out.”

On Wednesday she added: “Glad today is not yesterday. That was a long scared night. Treated myself to fresh melon. Not managing to eat much else yet.”

She is expecting to be at sea for 150 to 200 days and will land in Vancouver, Canada. If she completes the challenge she will be the first woman to row across the Pacific.

Sarah said: “The North Pacific will be the most gruelling part of my whole London2London expedition.

“Physically and mentally, I expect to be exhausted most of the time – the distance, the solitude, the weather conditions and my complete isolation will make it hugely challenging.”

The challenge Sarah has set herself is to travel the globe using manpower alone. She is expecting it to take about two-and-a-half-years and will arrive in England in autumn next year.

From Vancouver she will cycle across North America, row across the Atlantic Ocean and then kayak and cycle back to London.

She will be keeping in touch with her followers via Twitter, her blog and phone-casts at www.sarahouten.com

At about the same time Sarah was setting off from Japan her mother Helen was taking part in the 26-mile London Moonwalk with a group of friends from Rutland.

Helen Outen, Terry and Mandi Black from Rutland Laundry and Jacki Brand from Brooke took part in the walking marathon to raise money for the Walk the Walk charity.

Together they raised £1,200, which was far more than Helen had expected.

She said: “There was a lot of hype around it. I had been awake since 7am and was already tired when we started walking at midnight but we managed to complete it in about eight hours. Jacki walked on ahead of us and finished earlier so she had a nap.

“I always think that it is good to challenge yourself from time to time and although I wouldn’t do the Moonwalk again I would do something else.”