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A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian Paperback – 7 Feb 2011
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'This is a gripping, funny read.'(The Western Morning News)
'A real inspiration... If you want a book that gives you inspiration to live life to the full, look no further.'(St Christopher's Live Your Life e-zine)
'…like a swim, you'll come out feeling refreshed, invigorated and wanting to do more with your life after reading it.'(Adventure52.com)
Featured on(Excess Baggage BBC Radio 4)
'truly emotional... A synthesis of body, mind and soul… the closest you'll ever get to sharing in this incredible achievement.'(b. there! (Brussels Airline magazine))
'The ocean rower, author and motivational speaker, 25, shares her story of gritty determination.'(Health & Fitness)
'charming book... one incredible journey by one inspirational woman... a very easy read… keeps you wanting more.'(Royal Naval Sailing Association Journal)
'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 readers' attentions to the end.'(Marie Claire (USA))
About the Author
Sarah Outen has toured the world as a motivational speaker. She is currently on her next voyage, "London to London: Via the World A Sarah-powered Loop Around the Planet." Dame Ellen MacArthur is a a solo long-distance yachtswomanwho formerly heldthe world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe."
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I am a hardened commuter, but Sarah's beautifully written book had me smiling and laughing out loud and even holding back tears in public on many occasions. I was so touched by the bond that she built up with her lovely boat and the small fishes she nick-named the 'Tweedles' as they escorted her across the ocean. This challenge is one of the hardest journeys I have read about. Sarah has to deal with pushing her body beyond the limit of physical exertions coping with extreme tiredness, hunger and thirst as well as rowing injuries such as pulled muscles and horrible blisters and boils. She has to deal with the emotional exertions too: that of loneliness and fear and the uncertainties that accompany a challenge where, however well prepared you are, you are at the mercy of the incredible elements of the planet where the odds are more often than not, stacked against you. Sarah's writing is so honest and heartfelt and as a reader you are drawn into her story so much so that, in my own case, I almost wanted her to quit so that she would be safely home. Of course she didn't - she is way too strong and as a woman I'm so incredibly proud of the fact that she DIT IT.
Sarah succeeded in her goal to cross the Indian Ocean landing in Mauritius. In doing so she became the first woman to do so, solo and became the youngest person as well. This wonderful book is a truly touching and nail biting account of loss, bravery and chocolate eating!
Although Sarah spends 124 days alone on her boat 'Dippers', this is really a book about human connections; with her family, with her support team, and with sponsors and fans around the world with whom her loss, and her bravery, reverberated. Throughout her journey Sarah is kept in contact with the world through her satellite phone and radio, which enabled her to update her blog, appear on radio and text her family and Ricardo, her Portugal-based guide who directs her through storms and squalls.
Other human connections are less welcome. Not a day of her oceanic voyage goes past without seeing plastic waste polluting the seas, a reminder that even in calm bioluminescent waters where the only living things above water she sees are albatrosses, humanity still has spread its influence. The journey is far from an easy one in many ways; small luxuries such as a plentiful supply of chocolate barely outweighs the physical battering she goes through, as she is thrown about in storms, rubbed raw by the rowing, and often trapped in unhelpful currents that throw her backwards and frustrate progress. That she makes it is a testament to her endurance alone, regardless of the technology she has with her.
The book is well written and maintains an excellent pace throughout. I read through it in a single sitting on a Bank Holiday morning which should be a testament to its sheer readability. I would have appreciated more technical details regarding her kit, and could benefit from more photos or diagrams (I read the kindle version so don't know if there are any in the print version). These are small criticisms however and I would strongly recommend the book to anyone looking for an account of a modern day adventure. I look forward to Sarah Outen's accounts of her more recent adventures!
Sarah is an inspirational woman who has been dealt a tough deck of cards in life. She tackles this adventure head on sharing the highs and lows. She shows that, when you put your mind to it, you commit, you have the drive and determination, you can accomplish incredible things.
She also shows that even on these solo adventures there is team work involved. She talks about how she deals with that and uses the strength across the team to help her accomplish her 'dip in the ocean'.
Very inspirational. This is a must read and highly recommended.
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