02 September 2009
Sarah Outen, first woman to have crossed the Indian Ocean by rowing
The British Sarah Outen is the first woman to have crossed the Indian Ocean by rowing and in solo. She reached the Mauritian coast from the South-West, at Bois des Amourettes, at the beginning of the evening on 03 August. Biologist by profession, Sarah Outen is 24 years old and lives in Rutland, in Great Britain. She left Freemantle by canoe. The crossing took 124 days and was often subject to harsh conditions. She was welcomed by Xavier-Luc Duval, the Vice Premier Minister and Minister of Tourism, Leisure and External Communications.