Solo Antarctic sailor Lisa Blair sets course for Nelson Bay

VISIT: Lisa Blair will present a one-day offshore masterclass in Nelson Bay on July 7. Picture: Dean Coopman
VISIT: Lisa Blair will present a one-day offshore masterclass in Nelson Bay on July 7. Picture: Dean Coopman

Record-breaking solo sailor Lisa Blair is no stranger to Nelson Bay, having navigated her way to the area a number of times in the past three years to talk about her adventures with the sailing community.

But her next visit, on July 7, will bring with it an all new learning opportunity.

Blair, a qualified RYA yachtmaster and Master V commercial skipper, will share her unique offshore skills in a one-day offshore masterclass to be held at d'Albora Marina.

Blair is best known for her record-breaking solo-circumnavigation of Antarctica and more recently, sailing solo non-stop around Australia.

During her adventures Blair has faced 15-metre waves and 80-knot winds alone in the Southern Ocean and because of her risk assessment and disaster management, she lived to tell the tale.

The offshore masterclass is a one-day course drawing on the skills Blair developed while sailing solo around Antarctica and Australia.

She will share her first-hand account of being demasted, building a jury rig, and transferring fuel from a container ship, as well as storm survival techniques such as use of drogues and heaving-to.

For more information about the masterclass, which costs $295 to take part in, visit lisablairsailstheworld.com/masterclass.

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