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I had always wanted to row - I love the water and being the engine for the boat. My Oxford days were all flat water racing but it was while a student here that I heard about ocean rowing. Oceans and rowing - a perfect combination, and so began the dream. Image courtesy of Sarah Outen/ sarahouten.co.uk (click to enlarge).


Each day I would make a list of Good things about today you have to find different things to focus on when mileage isnt great or the weather is against you. Image of Sarah during the crossing courtesy of Miss Outen/ sarahouten.co.uk (click to enlarge)
Image of Sarah on the Indian Ocean courtesy of Miss Outen/sarahouten.co.uk (click to enlarge)
Image of Sarah finding her land legs courtesy of René Soobaroyen/ sarahouten.co.uk (click to enlarge).
"Talk to as many different ocean rowers as you can, go with the best boat builder around, prepare and train, and pack lots of chocolate, Sarah told ExWeb. Arrival image courtesy of René Soobaroyen/ sarahouten.co.uk (click to enlarge)



Best of ExplorersWeb 2009 Awards: Sarah Outen, Indian Ocean crossing

Posted: Dec 28, 2009 03:05 am EST

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The Indian Ocean: a fickle, unpredictable beast. And yet this year Sarah Outen became the first woman to row across it from Australia to Mauritius single-handed, unsupported and at only 24 years old; the youngest. "Adventures make life real and exciting," Sarah told ExWeb about how the dream came to, "I had known since a youngster that I would live for adventures." Pretty much every spare minute of the last years had gone into the preparations. "When you have a dream you have to make it happen," Sarah said. "It's all or...

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