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British adventurer sets off on record-breaking solo row across the North Pacific Ocean

April 27, 2012
British adventurer sets off on record-breaking solo row across the North Pacific Ocean

On the morning of 29 April 2012, young British adventurer, Sarah Outen will head off on her record-breaking solo row across the North Pacific Ocean, from Choshi in Japan to Vancouver in Canada.

And in doing so, is set to become the first woman to ever row across the North Pacific Ocean.

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 this northern route from Japan to America.

This North Pacific row is part of Sarah’s wider, two and half year expedition, “London2London: Via the World” that will see her cycle, row and kayak a continuous loop of the planet; over 20,000 miles.

She is sharing her stories along the way through her website and social media to hopefully inspire young people to follow their dreams and believe that anything is possible.

She is also hoping to raise £100,000 for her four chosen charities – CoppaFeel!, The Jubilee Sailing Trust, MNDA and WaterAid.

26 year old Sarah, who has a fear of deep water, says of the row, “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.

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

“I am hoping for some special wildlife moments and hopefully not too many storms. But I am especially looking forward to the sunsets and the stars.”

Sarah will be rowing completely on her own and will be 100% self-sufficient, taking all her food with her on her 6.75m customised rowing boat, Gulliver.

Also on board will be a desalination machine, with which she can convert seawater into drinking water.

While out on the North Pacific Ocean, Sarah will be faced with a whole host of dangers every day, from exhaustion, dehydration, hypo- and hyperthermia to collisions with other ships, capsizing and drowning.

Sarah explains, “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.”

More info: www.sarahouten.com/charity

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/sarahouten


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