An adventurer who was plucked from the ocean after getting caught in a tropical storm is getting back in her boat to try again.
Sarah Outen, 27, of Oakham, had to cut short her attempt to travel around the world using manpower alone in June when her rowing boat Gulliver broke up in the storm while she was crossing the Pacific Ocean.
The Japanese coastguard rescued Sarah from the sea exhausted and dehydrated, having battled 45ft waves and 100mph winds for three days.
Sarah, who became the first woman and youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean in 2009, said: “I wouldn’t have called to be rescued if I hadn’t feared for my life.”
“I am always fascinated by the immense power of the sea but when you are in the middle of it is really overwhelming.
“There are no laws out there in those types of conditions.
“Looking back at it I think of it as a roller coaster ride which no-one wants a second go on.”
Only Sarah does want a second go and after months of training she is packing up her new vessel, Happy Socks, for a second attempt at crossing the Pacific. The boat has been designed to be even stronger than Gulliver.
Sarah will fly to Japan on March 15 and plans to set off on April 1.
The adventurer described a sense of fear when she returned home with her dream in tatters.
Sarah said: “When I came home that is when the real recovery began.”
But since then Sarah has been working with psychotherapist Dr Briony Nicholls to recover mentally and get ready for her second shot at becoming the first woman to row 4,500 mile solo across the north Pacific Ocean
Sarah said: “Now I feel very prepared, confident and happy.
“We have worked pre-empting problems so I can deal with them if they arise.
“I am sure there will be scary moments on this journey as well but that’s the nature of a challenge like this.
“I’ve learnt plans don’t always go to plan. You never know what might happen.”
Sarah started her London2London via the World expedition 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.