Next Monday, December 17, about noon, in Sydney expected big celebration. Australia’s largest city is preparing to meet her favorite 33 – year-old Liza Blair.
Now 51 days Blair on the way. She was launched on 20 October in the same Sydney, and the goal is to get around Australia solo, non-stop and without any assistance. 6356 nautical miles. Men, this distance has in the past been subjected to, women – never. It turns out, Lisa is a pioneer.
Initially, it was planned that will bypass Australia for six weeks. The reality was not so rosy, the bad weather conditions. But the main thing – the finish line is near, and the main difficulties of the route behind. Although… knock on wood.
As you know, last year Blair had intended the first female solo non-stop sailing around Antarctica. Moreover, the Australian yachtswoman planned to finish his campaign in less than 100 days. In this case, it would improve the record of Fedor Konyukhov, who in 2008, overcame a distance of 16000 nautical miles in 102 days, 35 minutes and 50 seconds.
Long enough Blair had been lucky: in mid-March, 2017 she passed Cape horn and significantly ahead of schedule Konyukhov. But in early April, was in a severe storm, and 7-meter waves took her a yacht mast. Lisa did not panic and eventually made it to Cape town, going with a temporary rigging, and the engine almost 900 miles. Repaired his boat and came to Australia.
Only now dream of sailing around Antarctica non-stop had to be postponed until better times.