Woman Makes History: Rows Across Pacific Alone
She completes solo 150-day voyage from Japan to Alaska
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 12:33 AM CDT
Outen, a 28-year-old British adventurer, has become the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska.   (AP Photo/James Sebright)

(Newser) – After 150 days of rowing punctuated by storms, close encounters with sharks and cargo ships, exhaustion-induced hallucinations, and an engagement, Sarah Outen is back on dry land. The British adventurer has arrived in the Aleutian Islands, having become the first woman to row the 4,315 miles from Japan to Alaska, the Independent reports. Outen, who had to abandon a previous attempt last year, opened a bottle of champagne after her 22-foot ocean rowing shell "Happy Socks" made it to shore.

"I have had some of the most intense and memorable months of my life out on the Pacific," she said. "It has been brilliant and brutal at the same time. And it has been a privilege." She became engaged to her girlfriend during a satellite phone call about halfway through the journey, the AP reports. Outen—whose previous feats include becoming the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean—is now halfway through her mission to cycle, kayak and row her way around the world, and she plans to return to Alaska next year to pick up where she left off.

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Sep 25, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
I am happy for her, what an outstanding accomplishment. I see people making fun because she is not American, which is dumb. Anyone who accomplished anything in their life's for themselves by themselves can appreciate what this lady went through. You morons can ridicule her accomplishment because that's the only thing you know, laugh from someone's accomplishment, since you don't have any.
Sep 25, 2013 3:59 AM CDT
The only rowing challenge left now is doing Sh!t creek in that barbwire boat.
Sep 25, 2013 12:54 AM CDT
I extend congratulations to the lady. But this is a newsworthy event because..........?