Woman rows 6 944km from Japan to Alaska

2013-09-25 20:55
Sarah Outen arriving in Adak, Alaska after 150 days at sea. (James Sebright, AP)

Sarah Outen arriving in Adak, Alaska after 150 days at sea. (James Sebright, AP)

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Los Angeles - A 28-year old female adventurer has arrived in Alaska after rowing 6 944km across the northern Pacific, her support team said, the first person to make the solo crossing by rowing boat.

Briton Sarah Outen arrived on Monday at the sparsely populated Alaskan outpost of Adak in the Aleutian islands, after 150 days of rowing, often having to battle in rough ocean swells.

"Happy tears and tired muscles remembering this morning's row... to Alaska!" Outen wrote in a Twitter post dated 24 September, shortly after her arrival.

In another message later that day, @sarahouten wrote:

"Cried & grinned as I rowed final strokes to shore in Adak Port, welcomed by lovely locals to beautiful island."

Outen started her voyage in April in Chosi, Japan in her rowing boat dubbed "Happy Socks".

The Japan-to-Canada voyage is just one leg of a journey during which Outen said she hopes to cycle, row and kayak around the world.

She says she will travel some 32 186km in all to raise money for various charities.

In addition to her Twitter feed, Outen has chronicled her exploits at the website sarahouten.com.

In June of last year, she was forced to abandon a first attempt to row to Canada when she ran into a severe storm after about one month in the Pacific and had to be rescued by the Japanese coastguard.

The explorer said that after taking some time to rest and recover, she plans to bike about 4 800km from western Canada to Nova Scotia before rowing back to Britain via the North Atlantic.


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