A Dip in the Ocean

Rowing Solo Across the Indian

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 7 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849531276

About the book

4,000 miles of unpredictable ocean.

500 Mars bars.

124 days of physical exertion.

3 Guinness World Records set.

1 incredible journey.

On 1 April 2009, twenty-three-year-old Sarah Outen embarked on an ambitious solo voyage across the Indian Ocean in her rowing boat, Dippers. Powered by the grief of the sudden loss of her father and the determination to live life to the full, Sarah and her tiny boat successfully negotiated wild ocean storms, unexpected encounters with whales and the continuous threat of being capsized by passing container ships. Along the way she broke two oars and lost 20 kg of bodyweight before arriving in Mauritius. 

She became the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Life-affirming, funny and poignant, Sarah’s salty tale of courage and endurance will inspire the taste of adventure in everyone.


'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.'


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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)