Lifetime of Adventure Award: Don McIntyre
TASMANIAN ADVENTURER Don McIntyre first featured in the pages of Austrin 1995 when he and partner Margie spent a year in Antarctica, living in a box, chained to rocks at the windiest spot on the face of the earth, the site of Mawson’s Huts. Don raced 27,000 nautical miles (50,000km) solo around the world in 1990-91.
In 1993 he sailed to Antarctica with 200 teddy bears to raise funds for the Camperdown Children’s Hospital. Dick Smith supported the purchase of a 36m, 600t ship in 2000, in which Don embarked on three years of expeditions to Antarctica and the Philippines.
Ever thirsty for adventure, Don completed a world-first solo Ultra light Gyrocopter flight around Australia in 2007, flying 13,000km in 22 days. And in 2010 Don and three others sailed a 7.5m open boat 4000nm (7408km) across the Pacific from Tonga to Timor, retracing the legendary voyage of William Bligh after the mutiny on Bounty.