Solo sailor Lisa Blair com­pletes antarc­tic cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion

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Aus­tralian sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair has be­come the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica below 45° (with one stop).

Six months after de­par­ture and with a to­tal of 104 days at sea, the Sydney-based sailor returned to Al­bany Wa­ter­front Ma­rina, Van­cou­ver Penin­sula, Western Aus­tralia on 25 July. The yachtswoman’s Open 50 Cli­mate Ac­tion Now was met by fam­ily mem­bers in a mo­tor­boat on the fi­nal 8NM stretch, and she de­scribed feel­ing ‘so ex­cited and burst­ing with joy.’

Pend­ing the of­fi­cial rat­i­fi­ca­tion of a record by the World Sailing Speed Record Coun­cil (WSSRC), Lisa is set to be­come the first woman to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the Antarc­tic. Her jour­ney be­gan on 22 Jan­uary 2017. After 72 days of trav­el­ling solo and unas­sisted, Cli­mate Ac­tion Now was dis­masted. Lisa was ren­dered fuel from a con­tainer ship, built a jury rig and mo­tor-sailed her­self to Cape Town. After two months of re­pairs, Lisa de­parted Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town bound for Al­bany on 11 June 2017. Lisa sailed back to the po­si­tion of dis­mast­ing and crossed her track, re-sailing that sec­tion again unas­sisted.

On 21 July, Lisa crossed her out­go­ing track at po­si­tion 45.02 S 118.06 E, com­plet­ing a full cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion below 45° south without as­sis­tance and solo. She said: ‘None of this would have been pos­si­ble without the sup­port of my amaz­ing fam­ily, spon­sors, the vol­un­teers and all of the gen­er­ous peo­ple who made do­na­tions to my cam­paign.’ n Read Lisa’s blog at lis­ablair­sail­s­the­world.com

Aus­tralian sailor Lisa Blair on her Antarc­tic voy­age

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