Adventurer Sarah Outen is the “happiest person on the Pacific” despite drifting in the wrong direction after getting engaged while at sea.
Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, 28, from Oakham, is bidding to become the first woman to row 4,500 miles solo across the north Pacific as part of her London 2 London Via the World challenge to circumnavigate the globe by her own power.
It has been a momentous couple of weeks for Sarah who will mark 100 days at sea on Sunday.
She announced on Wednesday that she is engaged to her partner Lucy Allen, who she asked to marry her over a satellite phone last month.
Sarah celebrated with a mug of champagne and now has an engagement ring drawn with marker pen on her left hand ring finger.
Sarah said: “It is funny how life deals you surprises and you never can tell what – or who - is around the corner. I never imagined that my L2L story would turn into a love story or that I would ever get engaged while alone in a boat miles out to sea.”
Sarah had been making good progress, passing the point in the Pacific where she was hit by tropical storm Mawar which ended her first attempt to row from Japan to Canada last year, but the currents and wind have been against her the past week.
On Thursday, after 97 days on the water, Sarah had travelled more than 1,400 miles but after more than three months at sea she is still 2,771 miles from her destination and has retreated about 40 miles in the past week due to the unfavourable currents.
On Sunday Sarah wrote on Twitter: “Rowing efforts mocked this morning by contrary wind and current.
“Not worth it. Gave in and put anchor out. Forecast not promising this week.”
She wrote on her blog: “Now, more than ever, I am keen for the cheeky east winds to go and play elsewhere, for my fiancée is waiting for me and we cannot wait for the moment when she gets the go ahead to book her flight to Canada. Bring. It. On.”
Sarah has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Japan, starting the journey in April 2011. She will cycle across North America before attempting to row the Atlantic to the UK next year.
To keep up to date with Sarah’s progress follow her on Twitter or visit her website www.sarahouten.com