Heroine of the southern seas
ON 25 JULY, YACHTSWOMAN Lisa Blair sailed triumphantly back to Albany,WA, and straight into the history books after becoming the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around the world below 45 degrees south.With the support of $10,000 from the Society’s 2017 Nancy Bird Walton Sponsorship, Lisa began her epic Southern Ocean odyssey on 22 January this year with the prospect of sailing through some of the wildest waves and most powerful winds the planet can conjure up. She was 72 days into her attempt when disaster struck and her 15m yacht Climate
Action Now was dismasted in huge seas. Lisa was rendered fuel from a passing container ship and motor/sailed to South Africa for urgent repairs. Undeterred, she went on to complete the task and arrived in Albany,WA, on 25 July, becoming the first woman to complete the circumnavigation below that latitude. Lisa is grit, endurance and determination personified and we are proud to be associated with her trailblazing achievement. She has been nominated for one of the prestigious awards at our annual celebration of adventure and conservation on 1 November. She is a worthy candidate, so if you would like to find out whether she is one of our inspiring winners for 2017, please join us for our most important night of the year at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on Wednesday 1 November. See page 10 for how to book.
Lisa Blair completes her Antarctica solo sailing challenge in July.