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Johannah Kearney (at left) is hoping to row across the Cook Strait in a four-women crew to raise awareness of the charity Through The Blue.

Former Oamaru rower Johannah Kearney will have to be patient a little longer while she waits for an opportunity to cross Cook Strait.

Kearney, whose story featured in the Oamaru Mail two weeks ago, is hoping to row across the strait in a four-woman crew to raise awareness of the charity Through The Blue, which she helped start.

Through The Blue aims to raise awareness of, and funding for, mental health at secondary schools.

The rowers hoped to complete the journey last weekend – from the South Island to the North – but were foiled by weather conditions.

“Sadly, the swell, wind and chop lingered longer than we hoped from the last big storm that rolled up the country, and we didn’t want to risk getting caught in this next one,” Kearney said.

“Everyone we have worked with to plan the first attempt advised against going, so we decided not to be cowboys.”

Kearney and her crew went for a “scenic” 50km training row around Queen Charlotte Sound, and will plan another attempt on Cook Strait in a few weeks.