Ocean Rower Sarah Outen Touches Shore

After 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea


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Sarah Outen touched shore in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Monday after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. The 28-year-old became the first woman to row across the North Pacific Ocean solo, the Washington Post reports. It’s part of her plan to circumnavigate the globe by kayak, bike, and ocean-rowing shell.

Her arrival in Alaska was treacherous. Outen’s team was forced to tow her small boat into harbor after currents pushed her toward the rocks about a half mile out. She was also nearly hit by a cargo ship in recent days after her radar failed. She plans to return to the point where she was towed in spring 2014 when she continues her expedition.

Her first attempt ended in 2012 when her boat was badly damaged in a tropical storm. In 2009, she became the youngest person and first woman to row across the Indian Ocean.

Read more about the growing popularity of ocean-rowing expeditions.

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