René Soobaroyen (photo)

On August 3rd, Sarah Outen, my university friend and fellow Biology student reached land after 124 days. She had rowed single-handed across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius and has seen a whole swathe of ocean rowing records fall as a consequence. She has had a rough ride - four months of solitude, ocean tankers, capsizes and a terrifying arrival to her finish point where she was forced onto a reef and rolled three times in the dark. Truly excellent effort and all done in the best spirit imaginable - no surprise for those who know her.

The row was in memory of her father and she has already raised over £13,000 for Arthritus Care.