Listen: Lisa Blair chats to Duncan Robinson. Above: Lisa Blair – source: Facebook
You’d think becoming the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica was remarkable enough for solo yachtswoman Lisa Blair.
The 2017 journey was fraught with challenges including a life threatening disaster – the breaking of her mast – which sent her limping back to South Africa to recover (the story’s now being made into a movie, The Ice Maiden).
You’d think such a disaster would dissuade someone from sailing long distances solo. Instead, it strengthened Lisa’s resolve and the 33-year-old is now in the process of sailing around Australia on her own.
If she succeeds, she’ll become the first woman to do it non-stop, unaided and using renewable energy.
On Saturday, October 20 Lisa set off from Sydney, heading north with the coast on her left. For the entire six-week journey she will survive on naps only, using her deep knowledge of the oceans, wind and waves, and waking literally every 20 minutes to check the horizon. Yes, fatigue is a problem.
Lisa’s yacht is named Climate Action Now, and is decorated with a brightly coloured artwork, depicting hundreds of post-it notes with environmental action messages on them, written by supporters. She’s using her expedition to draw attention to the need for everyday people to take action to care for the environment.
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And judging by the name of her blog, “Lisa Blair Sails the World”, this journey won’t be her last.
Follow Lisa’s around-Australia journey as it unfolds on her blog, and catch Duncan Robinson’s interview with Lisa in the audio player above.