Legendary sailor Lisa Blair speaks on Climate Change

Lisa Blair by Matt Reed
Lisa Blair by Matt Reed

 

LEGENDARY sailor Lisa Blair will be speaking at Port Stephens Yacht Club, Soldiers Point Marina, this Thursday 28 September at 6.30-7.30pm.

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Lisa has recently returned from her expedition to be the first woman to sail solo and unassisted, without stopping, around Antarctica.

Unfortunately, Lisa’s boat suffered a de-masting and she had to sail into Cape Town, South Africa for 8 weeks of repairs.

Her adventure is still an amazing feat of bravery, ingenuity and downright grit.

Lisa has only been sailing for 10 years, so this is a remarkable achievement.

Lisa will be talking about her adventures, including the de-masting and a collision with a container ship.

Climate Action Now is the name of Lisa’s boat, a subject she feels passionate about.

As a sailor, she sees the effect climate change is having: less predictable and aggressive storms, debris and pollution in the oceans, lack of wildlife and greater risk of colliding with icebergs due to the melting of the polar ice caps.

Before Lisa set sail, she asked community members to write on a post-it note what they were doing to help the environment, whether it be turning off lights in a room, recycling or any other initiative.

The messages were then wrapped in a digital vinyl hull wrap which gave the boat a very eye-catching design, with a powerful message.

Lisa told News Of The Area, “The talk is suitable for all ages and no previous sailing experience is required to enjoy it. I just want people to have a fun, family night.”

Tickets are $20 on the door.

All monies raised are going towards paying for the boat’s substantial repair costs whilst in Cape Town.

 

By Sarah STOKES

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