Australian woman in Antarctica world record bid

Sailor Lisa Blair is making a bid to be the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, in less than 100 days

January 23, 2017 10:53 pm | Updated 10:53 pm IST - Sydney

Lisa Blair

Lisa Blair

Sailor Lisa Blair set off from the Australian town of Albany on Monday in a bid to be the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted in less than 100 days.

The 32-year-old from Queensland will have to navigate through the Southern Ocean’s Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and Cape Agulhas, which are regarded as some of the world’s most dangerous stretches of water, Xinhua news agency reported.The risk of huge seas, strong winds and icebergs are only some of the challenges Blair will have to contend with.

“I’ve been out doing sea trials, we’ve done four or five hour sails every afternoon just testing all the equipment and going through the paces and making sure the electronics are working correctly and I’m pleased to say it’s all good,” Blair told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Blair’s 1,600 nautical mile voyage will be an undertaken in a fiberglass boat, raising some safety concerns.

The designer of the boat, Robert Hick, named the vessel Climate Change Now in order to highlight environmental issues and raise money for climate action.

If Blair beats the previous 102-day record, she’s expected to arrive back in Albany at the end of April.

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