Sarah Outen Honoured in Mauritius
Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah Outen MBE has had a plaque unveiled in her honour at the very spot in Mauritius where she landed her rowing boat following her epic 124 day solo crossing of the Indian Ocean.
The plaque and memorial was organised by Rene Soobaroyen – a Mauritian photographer – who was present when Sarah, from Oakham, and her affectionately named rowing boat ‘Serendipity’ or ‘Dippers’ for short, landed at Bois-des-Amourettes -‘A place for flirting’- on the 3rd August 2009. Sarah was the youngest person and first woman to row 4,000 miles solo across the Indian Ocean.
During the unveiling ceremony on the 1st October 2011, which had two Government ministers in attendance, Rene said "On 3rd August 2009, after 124 days 14 hours and 9 minutes, Sarah accomplished her dream and arrived at Bois-des-Amourettes,” adding “All the inhabitants are thankful and can now boast of something which defies imagination.”
In a video message which was played out to the assembled crowd, Sarah said of the Mauritian honour ''After so long on the ocean with only the birds and fish for company, it was wonderful to arrive in Mauritius to such a warm welcome. I am really touched by this memorial plaque and look forward to returning to the island for a holiday after I finish my current expedition.”
Sarah is currently 10,000 miles into her 20,000 mile human-powered loop of the globe. Sarah’s expedition will see her break more records as she rows, cycles and kayaks her way from London back to London, including the first attempt by a woman to row across the North Pacific Ocean.