Sarah Outen to set out on Pacific Ocean crossing

Adventurer Sarah Outen is preparing to embark on the next chapter of her round the world challenge
Adventurer Sarah Outen is preparing to embark on the next chapter of her round the world challenge
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Adventurer Sarah Outen has announced she will be setting off tomorrow (Saturday) on the next stage of her challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power.

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 27, from Oakham, has been forced to delay her departure to row the Pacific Ocean for almost a month due to bad weather.

Sarah left for Japan on March 13 to restart her London2London: Via the World expedition when weather conditions became suitable.

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 Ocean 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: “We have the green light. Happy Socks (her new boat) and I shall be launching from Choshi Marina at 9am tomorrow morning – Saturday.

“Butterflies have arrived and my head has now clicked into very focussed mode.

“I need to get back to Choshi, get my passport stamped and tinker with this and that and then sign out from land.”

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

Sarah 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.