When the boat dismasted Blair had to find the mental strength to continue in an attempt to be the first woman to circumnavigate the Antartica
Lisa Blair, 32, became the first woman to sail solo around the Antartica when she completed her 184-day journey on July 25th in Albany, Western Australia. She had attempted to break Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov’s 2008 record for the fastest solo, unassisted and non-stop trip but her yacht, Climate Action Now, dismasted during the night of the April 4th after 72 days at sea. Lisa was was forced to sail under jury rig to Cape Town where she spent two months while the boat was being repaired. It was a tough mental challenge for the Queenslander but after some moments of reflection she was determined to finish. She now has her sights set on more sailing adventures, such as competing in the Vendee Globe and Volvo Ocean Race ,and circumnavigating the Arctic.
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“The Southern Ocean is such a majestic, raw and beautiful place. I’ve always had a fascination for it and I love southern ocean surfing, and the trip just fitted really well with timing. The departure point was close and accessible and I thought since not many had done it and no female had done it, I found it an achievable trip, even though it was quite risky and quite dangerous in a lot of people’s minds, so a lot of those things decided for me that that was a trip that I really wanted to do.
Speaking about the accident when the mast broke away and what this meant to her Lisa said: “If I had lost the boat at the same time I probably would have lost my life so it was a matter of survival to clear the mast from the boat before it cut a hole in my boat and sunk me basically, so that was what was going through my head.
“There was a time there when I very closely gave up, it sort of felt like the world telling me not to go and I went through obviously a huge emotional roller coaster through that period of the trip but once I was able to cross my track where I de-masted at 4830 South — a thousand miles south of Cape Town, I knew I was on my way home from there and I was finishing this trip, so that was a huge moment for me. – Lisa Blair
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