On January 2017 Lisa sent out with the goal to not only become the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica without stopping, but also the fastest person to do so. To achieve this, she would need to beat Russian explorer and adventurer, Fedor Konyukhov’s time of 102 days.
But 72 days into her voyage Blair’s boat dismasted after a shroud snapped in extreme weather. Blair, a skilled offshore sailor, was lucky to survive in the dead of night in horrendous hyperthermic conditions. She set up a jury rig and sailed to Cape Town, South Africa, where the boat was repaired, allowing her to continue her journey.
On July 25, 2017, Lisa Blair became the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica — with one stop.