British rower takes on challenge of North Pacific

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A BRITISH adventurer yesterday began her second ­attempt to become the first person 
to row solo from Japan to ­Canada.

Sarah Outen’s first venture, in May 2012, was cut short by ferocious tropical storm ­Mawar, which battered her boat Gulliver, causing it irreparable damage and capsizing it more than 20 times.

The attempt is part of an expedition in which the 27-year-old will row, cycle and kayak a continuous loop of the world.

Outen, from Rutland, set out at 8am yesterday from Choshi in Japan. If successful, she will become the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean from west to east and the first person to row solo from Japan to Canada. Just three boats have rowed west to east across the North Pacific – all from Japan to the United States. Many attempts have failed.

The 4,500 nautical mile journey will mean between 150 and 200 days alone at sea for Outen in her seven-metre rowing boat, Happy Socks.

She said: “I am an ocean girl at heart. I love being so close to the water and living to the rhythms of the wild.”