Sarah Outen: Japan-Alaska Rowing Trip a Success, Took 150 Days

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Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 04:30 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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British woman Sarah Outen spent 150 days rowing from Japan to Alaska, forging through dangerous seas and getting capsized five times before successfully making it to shore.

Outen, 28, rowed to shore in her boat, Happy Socks, at Adak, Alaska, after pulling through 3,750 nautical miles (that’s 4,315 miles). She launched into the ocean 150 days prior and arrived, exhausted and wet, on Monday.

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Outen tried unsuccessfully last year to travel from Japan to Canada, which was also the itinerary for this trip, The Independent reported. But a tropical storm tossed her boat around on that first trip, forcing her to cancel, and on this trip, rough seas pushed her toward the Aleutian islands.

Outen blogged for The Independent while at sea and took time out from shark sightings and horrible weather that confined her to her cabin to call girlfriend Lucy on the satellite phone and propose, the newspaper said.

“I have been pushing myself to my limits both physically and mentally. Mind and body are exhausted – my back screams (I cannot wait for a massage and some physio when back on dry land) and at the end of rowing my hands are often curled as if still wrapped around the oar. I have started hallucinating over the last few days and my sleep is full of mad dreams,” the adventurer wrote in her last blog.

This trip is part of Outen’s goal of cycling, kayaking, and rowing in a loop around the world. She is raising money for a variety of charities as she travels.

The support crew were an important part of her trip, and Outen acknowledged that through a Tweet soon after putting her feet on land:



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