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Book Tour – Dare to Do

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With just a couple of weeks to go until publication day for my next book ‘Dare to Do’, I thought it high time that I let out the various dates so far planned on the book tour. Info below – please contact the organisers directly for anything further.

My book is available now to preorder in hardback, Kindle and audiobook version. Paperback to follow in the summer. The US edition will be published in the spring.

It has been a mission and a half to write the book in such swift time since coming home almost a year ago and, under that guise, I am both happy with it and happy to have it written! Kudos and thanks to the team at Nicholas Brealey/Hodder for all their support.

If you would like to organise a talk in your area or hire me in to speak to your school or company then please email and we can see what might be possible. More dates to follow as and when…



3rd November – LSE  – Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House (LONDON)

6.30 pm | Free | Website & info here |   #LSEDareToDo

9th November – Mercer’s Lecture, Dauntsey’s School (WILTS)

7.30pm | Website & ticketing here |

10th November  – St Helens School, Northwood (HANTS) 

7 pm | £7 inc book voucher | Website & ticket purchase here 

11th November – Foundation Lecture, Stamford Endowed Schools, Oswald Elliot Hall – Boys School (LINCS)

7pm | Website & ticketing here |

19th November – Kendal Mountain Film Festival (CUMBRIA)

4pm | Kendal Town Hall | £12.50| Speaking alongside Ash Dykes in the Lowe Alpine Sessions | Website & ticketing here 

Also on the Basecamp stage at some point that weekend… 

30th November – 2nd December – TEDMED (Palm Springs, CALIFORNIA)

Timing tbc | Delegate at TEDMED $$$ | Website & registration here

3rd February | Destinations Travel Show (LONDON)

£11| Website & ticketing here 

8th February | Wilderness Lectures (BRISTOL) 

7.30pm | £10| Website & ticketing here 

9th February |  Rucksack Club (Stockport, I think…)

? | £6 (I think!) | Website & info here 

13th February | RGS (LONDON)

6.30pm | Fellows and members only |

27th March | RSGS| Easterbrook Hall (DUMFRIES)

7.30pm | Website and info here 

28th March | RSGS |  Scottish Borders Campus (GALASHIELS)

7.30 pm | Website and info here

29th March | RSGS| Ayr Town Hall (AYR)

7.30pm | Website and info here

30th March | RSGS|  Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

7.30pm | Website and info here

11th April | RSGS| Shipham Village Hall

£6 on the door | details to follow

25th April | Stamford Arts Centre (LINCS) 

Details to follow…


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Upcoming public talks

Various folk keep asking me when I shall be giving a talk near them. For now I am mainly focussing on writing my book ‘Dare To Do’ (due out in November) but I do have a few planned public talks in coming months.

Hopefully these events might fit that description for some of you. They promise to be energetic, interesting nights or weekends out, stacked full of action and inspiration and more people than just me sharing journey tales.

Go well,


CTF logoThe Cycle Touring Festival

27-30 May 2016

Wade Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire

BUY TICKETS £85 for the whole weekend – bargain!

‘…A weekend of talks, camping, planning and all things bicycle touring for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip. There will be talks, workshops, drop-in sessions, practical advice and story telling…’

Lucy and I are both looking forwards to joining on Sunday and Monday. We shall be involved in a couple of sessions (Details & timings tba)

We are very excited as we have never been before – it promises to be a lot of fun.

Website: @cycletourfest


Buxton Adventure Festival

Wednesday 15th June 2016, 7.30pm

Buxton Opera House, (Paviliian Arts Centre)



This is going to be a fun and funny night, I am sure, because I am sharing the stage with my very own sister-in-seasalt Justine Curgenven. Justine kayaked all the kayaking legs of my L2L journey with me so I know we will have a laugh up there. Justine will pave the way as support speaker and I shall be left to tell my side of the story as the main speaker.


Adventure Travel Film Festival

Mill Hill School, London

12 – 14th August 2016

 BUY TICKETS £89 weekend pass, extras for workshops

The ATFF’s manifesto leads me to believe hat this is to be an action and inspiration-packed weekend:

1.To showcase the best independent adventure travel films ever made

2.To guarantee a platform for future adventure film-makers

3.To bring together the adventure travel community

4.We know that making a good film isn’t difficult — we will show you how

5.To have loads of fun while doing all the above.

 I shall be speaking at some point during the festival (timings tba)

The Sarah Outen Award

I am honoured to have had this award named after me. Run by the Adventure Travel Film Festival it is for a grant of £500 for an ‘Outstanding Human-Powered Expedition’.

Application details here


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TALK: Bristol, Wednesday 10th Feb



This is one for those in the Southwest.

I am giving a talk on my L2L adventures on Wednesday 10th Feb (next week) at St George’s in Bristol, with all proceeds going to the brilliant Youth Adventure Trust. Tickets £10 via

I do hope that you will consider coming along if you are in the ‘hood – it is a great charity with many positive aims and outcomes for young people in the area.


Go well,



Calling all Bristolians...

Calling all Bristolians…

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Happy Socks Returns

With the RNLI Castletownbere crew (Credit Niall Duffy/West Cork Photo)

With the RNLI Castletownbere crew (Credit Niall Duffy/West Cork Photo)

A few days after Happy Socks was spotted just half a mile offshore in SW Ireland and picked up by the RNLI crew of Castletownbere, we launched a pick up mission to bring her home. A 30 hour round trip of driving and ferrying, cleaning and sorting, and shaking hands of the RNLI crew who picked her up, it was a great and happy adventure. Beautiful, too, for that part of the world is a gem. All the more so when the sun came out and bathed the hills in warmth, sending sparkles across the sea and curving a bright rainbow down to our little white boat.

Seeing the spot on the map where Happy Socks was spotted by a walker on the cliff top. Credit Niall Duffy/West Cork Photo

Seeing the spot on the map where Happy Socks was spotted by a walker on the cliff top. Credit Niall Duffy/West Cork Photo

It was an emotional day. The anticipation of seeing her again, my tummy turning all the way there; the way in which it was already making our Atlantic voyage so much more real in my head and bringing back lots of memories, some wonderful and some painful, a rush of past and present at once. Listening to the story of how the RNLI crew managed to get a line secured just 50 metres from the rocky shore on their third and final attempt to do so, realising just how close she was to being smashed.  Seeing her for the first time since I had left at the start of October, leaping up towards the metal hulk of the Federal Oshima in the dark of the pre dawn. Watching her drift and rock on the waves as we steamed ahead, bawling with pain at having to leave her behind to a grey Atlantic fate. Stepping aboard her greened and holed deck for the first time, watched by the RNLI crew, talking gently to her and checking her out. So familiar and yet so unfamiliar, flooded as she was, algae everwhere, bits missing and holes chucked out. It was so real and yet so surreal. My mind quickly clicked into practical mode and we hauled out as much kit as we could and pumped out the icy water to make her ready for trailering home.

Kit and barnacles everywhere

Kit and barnacles everywhere

I have spent the best part of the last four days emptying, scrubbing, sorting and cleaning Happy Socks and the ocean kit at home, returning her to something more like the little white boat I left behind.  She looks great, all things considered. There is work to be done to patch her up here and there, but otherwise she is in fine form. Kudos to Jamie Fabrizio for yet another brilliant boat, though I knew that already after nearly 300 days on the Pacific and Atlantic…


The Atlantic Lady herself.

Happy Socks is now for sale. I am looking for a new owner for her to continue her ocean voyaging. I would love to keep her but cannot afford to do so and would hate for her to be sitting unused. Boats are made to be on the water.  Potential buyers please email via for more information and an inventory of kit to be sold with her.

Thanks to Father Anthony and Lucy for the epic driving, Coxswain Brian O’Driscoll and his crew for showing us around and helping get Happy Socks on to the trailer, Nuula from the RNLI for handling the PR and Carol for the washing machine marathon of cleaning my stinky ocean clothes.  Thank you also to the HMCG Falmouth and the ships who reported sightings as she made her way eastwards, and Valentia CG in Ireland for coordinating the pick up.

It feels like we have come full circle. The post-expedition whirl pooling is calmer for having my team mate home again.

Go well,

Sarah and Happy Socks 🙂


* Tune in to BBC2 this Thursday at 10pm to watch Sarah alongside comedienne Jo Brand and super gymnast Max Whitlock on the Clare Balding Show.

* Come along to Bristol on 10th Feb to hear Sarah give the ‘Going Beyond’ lecture for the Youth Adventure Trust. Tickets £10. Info here.

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Happy Socks is safe

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

This is just a quick note to let you know that our dear little Atlantic trooper, Happy Socks herself, is safe in Ireland. It is three months since I was picked up a few hundred miles north of the Azores by Federal Oshima ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, leaving Happy Socks behind.

I nearly fell off my seat yesterday when I had an email letting me know that the Valentia CoastGuard had received a call about a boat that looked like it was in trouble and that the local RNLI crew at Castletownbere took her safely under tow to bring her to shore. If she had been spotted much later, she would probably have been smashed upon the rocks – she was less than half a mile from shore when she was picked up.

We are making plans to go and retrieve her and shake the hands of the crew that picked her up, and give her a huge welcome home hug. To me, it feels like a friend has come back from the dead. It is very special and very emotional and I am very grateful.

More in due course, but for now, I am busy book writing.

All salty best,

Sarah and Happy Socks (eek!)

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