Spirit of Adventure 2017

By Caitlin Maxwell 30 October 2017
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Lisa’s heroic journey sailing solo and unassisted around Antarctica has made her a worthy recipient of this year’s Spirit of Adventure Award.

On 25 July 2017, Lisa Blair became the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica when she reached Albany, in WA, following a 184-day voyage. Lisa embarked on her epic ocean odyssey as the 2017 recipient of the $10,000 Australian Geographic Society Nancy-Bird Walton Sponsorship, which supports ground-breaking projects led by women. The gutsy 32-year-old weathered life-threatening challenges such as huge waves, rough seas, icy conditions and a broken mast in her quest to circumnavigate the globe below 45 degrees south. Lisa spent two months in South Africa repairing her 15m yacht, Climate Action Now, before resuming her attempt and, ultimately, sailing triumphantly back into Albany to claim her place in sailing’s history books.