British rower Sarah Outen set off on her quest to become the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean this past weekend. She hopes to also be the youngest, and fastest to complete that challenge.
Sarah got underway from Fremantle, in Western Australia, on Saturday, a week earlier than expected thanks to a great weather window. She’ll now make her way some 3100 miles across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, battling the elements, and dodging shipping traffic, all the way. She expects high winds and 30 foot waves as she passes through shark infested waters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sarah is looking at this expedition as a good old fashioned adventure, and of course she wants those records as well, but she’s also doing it for a good cause. She’s hoping to raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Care organization, and has also dedicated the row to her father, who passed away back in June of 2006.
Good luck Sarah! We’ll be following! (Side Note: Why are all these crazy long distance rowers from the U.K.?)
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