Lisa Blair is returning home to Sydney Harbour this weekend after recently sailing into Albany Harbour WA, completing her world record circumnavigation of Antarctica.
It took over 104 days to cross all tracks south of 45 degrees but the world record did not come easily as a horrific dismasting meant a vital stop in Cape Town for repairs.
Her yacht Climate Action Now, a Robert Hick fiberglass 15m sloop, similar to the Open 50 was repaired and back out on the water for Lisa to finish the 14,000 nautical miles voyage passing the three most infamous capes on the planet.
On completing the challenge Lisa has become only the third person in history to achieve such a race against the clock and the first woman to sail solo unassisted around Antarctica. A superb achievement but just shy of the world record time, which is still held by Fedor Konyukhov with a time of 102 days 00 hours 56 minutes and 50 seconds.
The last part of her epic mission didn’t come without its own drama. As Climate Action Now sailed through the Bass Strait, past Flinders Island and heading North a strong odorous smell was detected below decks. Following very quickly was a fire in the engine.
Quickly Lisa was able to put out the fire and locate the issue for the damage. But this then meant she was drifting with no engine crossing a major shipping lane. To find out what happened next read Lisa’s blog here >>>
You will see Lisa and her Post-it note covered Climate Action Now enter Sydney Heads at 12pm this Saturday for her return to Rushcutters Bay.