Each day as I pulled the oars in for the night, watching the water droplets drip off the blades and back into the ocean, I wondered at all the strokes they had taken and all the ones left ahead of us before we reached land. Thousands. Millions, perhaps? Each one was quite literally a dip in the ocean.
4,000 miles of unpredictable ocean
500 Chocolate bars
124 days of physical exertion
3 Guinness World Records set
1 incredible journey
On 1 April 2009, twenty-three-year-old Sarah Outen embarked on a solo voyage across the Indian Ocean in her rowing boat, Dippers. Powered by the grief of the sudden loss of her father and the determination to live life to the full, Sarah negotiated wild ocean storms, encounters with whales and the continuous threat of being capsized, losing 20 kg of her bodyweight before arriving in Mauritius. She became the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean.
‘Sarah’s row across the Indian Ocean should be recognised as one of the most inspired and tenacious expeditions of a generation’
Mark Beaumont, BBC Presenter and Round the World record holder
‘Sarah Outen's writing style is as charming as she is intrepid: as zesty as she is indomitable... her book sparkles and refreshes like the waves ’
‘A story of true grit and fierce determination and dedication’
‘Sarah is inspirational’
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
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‘At 23, Outen is the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. She describes her epic and eventful 4,000-mile journey during which she ate 500 Mars bars but...
‘This is [a] charming book... one incredible journey by one inspirational woman... a very easy read, in a relaxed style which keeps you wanting more. It would be ideal for...
‘the remarkable story of a very determined young woman... she chronicles her experiences of meeting a challenge most of us would regard as too difficult – even to contemplate!... This...
‘The youngest woman to row solo across any ocean. This book is [Outen’s] story, and a remarkable one it is... Outen tells her story in a straightforward manner… will hold...