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Published on Dec 9, 2012
Debra Searle is a renowned British adventurer, author and TV presenter. The media worldwide went crazy for the story of the 5ft 5″ young lady who carried on rowing the Atlantic solo when her husband, an experienced oarsman, left the boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. Yet, she dared to believe and 111 days later she rowed into Port St Charles, Barbados, to a rapturous welcome. Debra, who was loving life at sea in a 23 foot plywood boat, saw no reason to stop and rowed on to become the youngest and only the third woman in the world to have rowed an ocean solo.
Debra Searle is also an extremely successful businesswoman and became Managing Director of her first company at the age of 23 and today manages to combine business with her life-long ambition to be a professional adventurer. Other adventures have included sailing around Antarctica, the longest canoe race in the world, L'Etape du Tour, and setting a new world record for crossing the channel. Debra is the author of two books and is a regular presenter for the BBC with credits including Grandstand and Extreme Lives.