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.
You’ll be able to follow Sarah’s progress from her website, where you’ll find her dispatches from the ocean, a live tracking system, more information about the route, a photo gallery and more.
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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3 thoughts on “Rowing The Indian Ocean: Sarah’s Off!”
Haha, they’re not ALL from the UK :). We’ve got a few… my teammate Emily and I attempted the Atlantic in ’05, and then finally finished with two others in ’07 (http://rowformeningitis.com/). And then we’ve got a few Americans preparing for races/rows as well: http://www.piraterow.com/ and http://rowforwater.com/ Enjoy!
Yeah, I know not all the rowers are crazy brits, and we have a few crazies of our own on this side of the pond. But between Sarah Outen, Roz Savage, and Olly Hicks, I was beginning to wonder. 🙂
Thanks for the links!
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