Dare to Do

Sun 19 Nov / Quarterhouse

Amazing adventurer Sarah Outen tells us how she cycled, kayaked and rowed 25,000 miles around the world in 4.5 years: the lows – a broken boat, ill health, depression – and the highs – the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel. It is an inspiring story of the raw power of nature, of finding love and of discovering one’s inner strength.

Rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. Her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam – cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, the Atlantic and eventually home. A year later, Sarah was plucked from the Pacific Ocean after tropical storm Mawar, her boat broken, her spirit even more so. But that wasn’t the end. Despite ill health and depression, giving up was not an option. So Sarah set off once more to finish what she had started, becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the treacherous Aleutian chain and cycled across North America in winter, before setting out on the Atlantic, despite the risk of another row-ending storm…

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