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Gay Rower Sarah Outen is First to Complete Solo Journey from Japan to Alaska: VIDEO


Sarah Outen, an out lesbian rower, is the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reports:

On the North Pacific row she battled dangerous seas, isolation, cargo ships, sickness and currents that often tossed her boat in the wrong direction.

In recent days she was nearly hit by a cargo ship after her radar failed. Outen described seeing a "big black wall" coming through mist in a phone interview posted on her website.

She also tweeted about whiteout fog and exhaustion-induced hallucinations in the final, treacherous miles to Adak.

The 3,750 miles took Outen 150 days to complete. In 2009, Outen became the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean.

Outen also got engaged to her girlfriend while on the journey, the AP adds.

Tweeted Outen upon arriving: "Wobbled my way ashore, patted Happy Socks.Then hugged.... Relief. Joy.Disbelief. Happy happy days."

Watch a video Outen made as she was preparing to depart Japan and waiting for a decent weather window to open up, AFTER THE JUMP...

Visit Outen's website here.


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  1. How cool is this chick? Congratulations!!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 25, 2013 12:38:02 PM

  2. It would have been cool if a gay man had done it, breaking stereotypes in the process, but a lesbian doing it only reinforces stereotypes.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 25, 2013 12:45:40 PM

  3. Rick, you are just jealous because she has bigger balls than you have.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Sep 25, 2013 1:19:10 PM

  4. Wow this is awesome. Congratulations to Outen on her extraordinary achievement.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 25, 2013 1:25:04 PM

  5. what an amazing accomplishment - i cannot imagine the amount of strength, bravery, stamina and courage that was needed.

    rick's only accomplishment today was probably taking a sh*t - that only involves squatting over a dirty hole. must be hard work.

    Posted by: john | Sep 25, 2013 1:26:27 PM

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