Outen abandons North Atlantic crossing

The British adventurer who arrived by kayak in Homer in August 2014 as part of an attempt to circumnavigate the world totally by muscle power has had to abandon ship during the last leg of her adventure, a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Sarah Outen, 30, was picked up by a passing ship, the Federal Oshima, according to a report on her website, www.sarahouten.com.

Outen had to abandon her rowing vessel, Happy Socks. She was 143 days out from her departure in May from Cape Cod, Mass. Outen made the decision to abort her transit due to severe weather conditions caused by the tail end of Hurricane Joaquin, including 60-knot winds and impassable waves.

Outen began her journey on April 1, 2011, from under the Tower Bridge in London. She rowed across the English Channel to Europe and then biked across Europe and Asia to the Russian Far East. There she kayaked to Japan. In 2012 she attempted to cross the Pacific Ocean in her rowboat, Gulliver, but also had to abandon ship when she ran into storms. In Happy Socks she rowed to Adak, and then finished the crossing by kayaking with Justine Curgenven to Homer. From Homer Outen biked across Alaska and Canada to Cape Cod. A group of about a dozen Homer bicyclists escorted Outen as she left the Homer Spit and pedaled up Baycrest Hill.

“(I’m) gutted to have lost Happy Socks, my faithful friend, but glad and grateful to be safe,” she said in a Twitter message.