Sarah Outen starts north Pacific crossing

Sarah Outen set out for her second attemp at crossing the North Pacific Ocean on Saturday
Sarah Outen set out for her second attemp at crossing the North Pacific Ocean on Saturday

It took two attempts but adventurer Sarah Outen restarted her challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power when she set off from Japan on Saturday.

After being forced to turn back because of strong winds former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 27, from Oakham, successfully set out from Choshi Marina at 15.33pm (Japan time), 7.33am (UK time).

The last update report received yesterday (Sunday) said she has covered more than 30 miles thanks to the Kuroshio current.

Sarah left for Japan on March 13 to restart her London2London: Via the World expedition when weather conditions became suitable but was forced to delay her departure to row the Pacific Ocean for almost a month due to bad weather.

Before leaving Sarah said: “There are no guarantees of success out there and it will take every ounce of physical and mental strength and a good dollop of luck to make it across safely. But I believe I have the best possible chance - physically and mentally I am strong and determined to give this my best shot.

“I am an ocean girl at heart. I love being so close to the water and living to the rhythms of the wild. The energy out there is magic and the dynamics are so exciting.”

The double world record holder learned the hard way the need for the right conditions. She had to cut short her attempt to cross the Pacific in June 2012 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.

Sarah said: “The north Pacific has already proven itself to be the most gruelling part of my whole London2London expedition.

“Physically and mentally, I know I will be exhausted most of the time – the distance, the weather conditions and my complete isolation will make it hugely challenging. Even so, I am ready for it and keen to get out there once more.

“There are so many beautiful things about being alone on the ocean - the wildlife is my favourite part.”

Sarah is bidding to become the first woman to row 4,500 miles solo across the north Pacific.

Sarah is rowing completely self-sufficient, taking all her food with her on her 7-metre customised rowing boat, Happy Socks.

The adventurer has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Japan, starting the journey in April 2011. She kayaked along the Thames and then across the English Channel, cycled across Europe, Russia and China before rowing across the north Pacific to Japan.

This time her plan is to cross the Pacific in about six months, before taking a six week break. Sarah will then cycle across Canada and the US, before rowing across the Atlantic to the UK next year.