First woman to circuit Antarctica
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