Lisa Blair circumnavigation of Antarctica

Date Posted:4 April 2017 

Solbian Italy and Solar 4 RVs have jointly supplied 8 SolbianFlex solar panels and 8 Genasun boost solar charge controllers to fit out Lisa Blair’s zero carbon emission yacht ‘Climate Action Now’.  Lisa aims to become the first female to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted.

Lisa’s quest to become the third person in history to achieve such a challenge means facing extremely difficult conditions due to large waves, aggressive storm systems, ice and exposure to the icy waters and the cold. Her aim to complete the 16,400 nautical-mile circuit, unassisted, in 90 days and break the record of 102 days, one hour, 35 minutes and 50 seconds commenced on 22 January 2017.

Images: Owner Phil Chapallaz with Lisa on her yacht 'Climate Action Now'; two of the 8 Solbian solar panels; Genasun solar charge controller installed

Phil Chapallaz with Lisa Blair on Yacht Climate Action Now       Solbian flexible solar panels on Lisa Blair's Antarctic circumnavigation Yacht     Genasun solar controllers on Lisa Blair's yacht Climate Action Now


Flexible solar panels on Lisa Blair's yacht       Lisa Blair sails around Antarctica with flexible solar panels onboard       Lisa Blair attempts her record breaking sailing attempt


44 days into her journey 32-year-old Lisa passed Point Nemo, a point so far from land that the International Space Station is closer!  This must be the most inaccessible point in the ocean.


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Point Nemo is further from land than the international space station       Lisa Blair sails past Cape Horn



On April 4, Lisa’s 72nd day at sea, her mast snapped after the port shroud broke in a knock down when in 40 knot winds and seven (7) metre swells.  Lisa made a pan-pan call signifying a problem with her vessel but did not issued a mayday call for help.  Luckily Lisa was not injured.  She rigged up an emergency storm sail and was provided with fuel to motor into port.  A mammoth effort.


International Women's Day on the Southern Ocean with Solbian       Lisa Blair sailing in a storm