A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian

By Sarah Outen

Four-thousand miles of unpredictable ocean, 500 chocolate bars, 124 days of actual exertion, three Guinness global files, and one significant journey


On April 1, 2009, courageous 23-year-old Sarah Outen launched into an formidable solo voyage around the Indian Ocean in her rowing boat, Dippers. Powered through the grief of the surprising lack of her father and the selection to reside lifestyles to the fullest, Sarah and her tiny boat effectively negotiated wild ocean storms, unforeseen encounters with whales, and the continual danger of being capsized by way of passing box ships. alongside the best way she broke oars, ate 500 chocolate bars, and misplaced 20 kg of body weight ahead of arriving in Mauritius. She turned the 1st lady and the youngest individual to row solo around the Indian Ocean. Life-affirming, humorous, and poignant, Sarah's salty story of braveness and patience will motivate the style of event in everyone.

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Unfortunately, leaving Australia in a rush wasn’t at the ‘Can do’ record from AQIS – I wasn’t to maneuver my boat in any respect or to the touch any of the yellow tape or forbidden gadgets. not anything may be extra or got rid of till extra realize have been given, which means that i used to be grounded for the foreseeable destiny. This additionally intended that i may be guaranteed of leisure and sleep and meals for a couple of extra days on shore whereas I waited for judgements from the AQIS powers above. Or so i presumed. relaxation and sleep truly didn’t determine a great deal in any respect as i attempted to get my head round the logistics, formalities and common decompressing from my Warm-up Lap. every thing felt uncontrolled and appeared too titanic and intricate, as issues do whilst you’re drained and emotional. there have been vital judgements to be made in regards to the plan for my subsequent try out, reminiscent of the place i'd be leaving from and while and the way i'd get there if it used to be from additional north. there has been loads of speak of trailering the boat north, of rowing it north, even one mad thought of getting Jamie tow me north in his yacht. It appeared each person enjoyed the bloody north. Arguments for going extra up the coast have been in line with ameliorations in currents and winds; it used to be additionally the place past makes an attempt at the Indian had left from, yet Ric used to be nonetheless willing that I remain positioned. Coupling all that with easy issues equivalent to my now not having any fresh land outfits anymore (only very pungent ocean outfits) and being completely dog-tired, I had a teary holiday down at the cellphone to Mum, reassuring her that i used to be tremendous yet no longer positive yet could quickly be effective… ‘Honestly, Mum. If basically [sob] they [sob] might permit [sob] me [sob] again out to [sob, sob] sea. ’ even with all of the attractive fogeys round me who have been providing to assist, I felt swamped and really by myself. My staff have been scattered concerning the international and that i used to be riding every little thing myself back and after stressful days on land I cracked. because the tears rolled down my cheek onto the damp patch of pillow under, I consoled myself with the data that the sea will be a lot easier. Now all I needed to do used to be come back out. thankfully, not anything significant had to be replaced within the set-up of Dippers and the equipment and there has been not anything too catastrophically mistaken with the electrics both. It transpired that the batteries have been in truth simply nice, except a few mis-wired connections – no longer my fault – which intended that the batteries hadn’t been charging as successfully as attainable. the ability factor have been a mix of, quite embarrassingly, my taking part in my tune too loudly and rowing north for the previous couple of days, which intended that the sunlight panels hadn’t been charging approximately adequate for my carefree, energy hungry (and I now appreciate, relatively naive) way of life. I didn’t brain the bit of egg on my face, although; it used to be greater that I had discovered those classes simply offshore instead of a ways out to sea. After per week on land i used to be tired. under pressure, drained and emotional, I wore my sun shades completely, to conceal the tears that have been now in my eyes as a rule. the beautiful Margot (one of my surrogate Aussie Mums) rang me up and invited me to her kin domestic for the weekend, clear of the ocean, promising i'll sleep up to i needed, that she wouldn’t speak about rowing and that she might feed me up with domestic cooking.

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