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Spotlight on Sarah Outen

Published date: June 13, 2017
Last modified: June 13, 2017

This summer the Lichfield Festival will host Sarah Outen, an adventurer, rower, author and speaker. Sound like a lot? On top of all of that, in 2011 Sarah set off on her expedition ‘London2London: Via the world’, an expedition in aid of CoppaFeel!, the MND Association, WaterAid and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Her aim was to cycle, kayak and row her way around the globe, no easy undertaking! The expedition ended up taking four and a half years and 25,000 miles.

During the journey Sarah met a young man named Goa, who despite never really cycling before, spontaneously decided to cycle over 3000 miles with her. She was rescued from the clutches of the North Pacific, during turbulent weather which saw her capsized multiple times, and forced to her return home. Then after four moths rowing alone across the North Atlantic Ocean life-threatening conditions forced Sarah to call for help, forcing to leave her boat Happy Socks at sea (the boat was later found by the Irish Coast Guards). At point she spent 150 days alone at sea. Sarah finally completed her journey on the 3rd Novemeber 2015. Below is a summary of Sarah’s incredible journey.

Sarah will be speaking about her journey at the Lichfield Festival this summer, Monday 10th July. You can purchase tickets here. If you can’t wait until then, or want to find out more about Sarah and her expeditions you can head over to her website and youtube channel (on which you can see Sarah rowing the North Atlantic dressed as the Queen..ish!)


Ellie Turner-Kilburn

Marketing Intern