‘Sarah – You are obviously certifiably bonkers. Thank God.’ Dawn French
Sarah Outen MBE is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker. In November 2015 she completed her ‘London2London: Via the World’ challenge. The 4.5-year expedition saw her row, cycle and kayak a continuous loop of the planet, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge, albeit with a few diversions and changes to the original plan.
A Guinness World Record holder after her Indian Ocean row in 2009 from Australia to Mauritius, Sarah’s challenging expeditions are the hub of her storytelling. Her main goal is to share the positivity of the journeys through her talks, books and blog and to encourage people to follow their own path, face challenges and live more adventurously.
A biology graduate of Oxford University, Sarah loves wildlife and supports a number of conservation organisations as well as youth and equal opportunities organisations.
Her first book ‘A Dip in the Ocean’ was published in 2011 and her second ‘Dare to Do’ is due out in November 2016.
In her own words:
“I love adventure – the feeling of not quite knowing if or how you will make your destination, of pushing the limits and testing yourself against yourself and the elements.”
Sarah Outen: Awards & Achievements
2015 Finalist in BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year Awards
2014 Invited to join GH Mumm’s Cordon Rouge Club of Adventurers
2014 Appointed Ambassador to Inspire +, youth sports charity
2013 First person to row from Japan to Alaska (150 days at sea)
2013 No. 12 in the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2013
2013 Shortlisted Stonewall Awards (Sports Personality of the Year)
2012 Runner-up in the Women of the Future Awards (Arts, Media, Culture)
2011 Appointed MBE
2012 Appointed Vice President Leicester Rowing Club
2011 Appointed Vice Patron of Jubilee Sailing Trust
2011 Finalist for Travel Blog in UK Travel Press Awards
2011 Published first book: ‘A Dip In The Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian’ (Summersdale)
2009 Solo row Across the Indian Ocean – first major expedition
2009 First woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean
2009 Youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean
2009 Youngest female to row solo across any ocean