Lifetime of Adventure Award: Don McIntyre
Tasmanian adventurer, Don McIntyre, wins the AG Society’s Lifetime of Adventure Award.
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.