OAKHAM adventurer Sarah Outen has announced that she will start the next phase of her journey on Sunday.
The 26-year-old has had to change the date of her scheduled departure from Japan five times already due to bad weather but this time she is determined to begin her row across the Pacific Ocean to Canada.
This is an epic 4,500 nautical mile journey across the world’s largest ocean and will mean between 150 and 200 days alone out at sea.
Only two men have previously rowed solo across the northern route from Japan to America.
Sarah has already kayaked to France and cycled across Europe and Asia. She then kayaked to Japan and cycled to the place where she has spent the winter.
Over the last few months Sarah has been re-training her body to cope with the row across the ocean.
She 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.
“In spite of the challenges and dangers ahead, I still can’t wait to get out there.”
But Sarah is no stranger to challenges at sea. In 2009 she became the first woman and youngest person to row across the Indian Ocean.
However the danger that face her in the Pacific have not escaped her.
She said: “Out on the ocean the biggest danger is from shipping – my boat is so tiny that it is difficult for larger vessels to see me. Landing on the west coast of Canada will also be a huge challenge and probably the most dangerous part of the whole journey.
“At least if I roll at sea there is little chance of me crashing into anything. But perhaps the greatest challenge comes from being solo out there as I have to be everything to myself and manage every situation as best I can. Sleep deprivation and rough weather can make that incredibly tough.”
When Sarah lands in Canada she will cycle across North America to the Atlantic Ocean.
She will then row across to Ireland and cycle and kayak back to London. She expects to arrive home in autumn next year.
Sarah will release videos of her preparation for the launch over the weekend via her website www.sarahouten.com