First woman to cir­cuit Antarc­tica

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Lisa Blair has be­come first woman to sail solo around Antarc­tica be­low 45 de­grees south. The 32-year-old Aus­tralian com­pleted the 20,000 mile cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion from Al­bany, West­ern Aus­tralia, in a to­tal of 187 days, five hours and 52 min­utes. She was at sea for a to­tal of just 107 days, eight hours and 23 min­utes but was forced to spend sev­eral weeks in South Africa, how­ever, after her yacht was dis­masted.

Lisa nar­rowly missed out on beat­ing the over­all record of 102 days, set by Rus­sian sailor Fe­dor Konyukhov in 2008. She re­turned to Al­bany on 26 July, hav­ing re-crossed her track south of 45 de­grees on 21 July.

‘I have had knock­downs, gi­ant waves, winds strong enough to rip the roof of your house, snow­storms, hail, I have been dis­masted, had my col­li­sion with a con­tainer ship and man­aged through all of it to just keep go­ing,’ Lisa wrote on her blog.

Lisa was dis­masted in April when her Open 50 yacht Cli­mate Ac­tion Now was knocked down in 40-knot winds and seven-me­tre swells. She then sailed 895 miles to Cape Town un­der jury rig.

Lisa Blair dur­ing her stop in South Africa

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