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Solo sailor Lisa Blair homes in on Sydney after historic Antarctic circumnavigation

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Lisa Blair is ridin the wind and waves back to Sydney after her historic circumnavigation of Antarctica. Photo: Lisa Blair
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After more than six months at sea and a record circumnavigation of Antarctica, sailor Lisa Blair will sail through Sydney heads victorious.

Ms Blair set off in her yacht Climate Action Now on January 22 determined to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica.
But, after 72 days at sea, the mast snapped in rough seas and Ms Blair was forced to motor to a South African port for repairs.

It took two months to fix the vessel but, once it was shipshape, she sailed back out and restarted the clock.

Ms Blair arrived in Albany in Western Australia on July 24 – officially completing the 135-day loop of the south pole.

She set out for Sydney on August 11 and, at around 1pm on Saturday, Ms Blair is expected to enter the Harbour City.

“This last stretch of the journey has been harder than anticipated, but I am so proud of my achievement and the work I have done in raising awareness of the message Climate Action Now,” she said in a statement online.

Her online tracker showed her working her way along the south coast of NSW on Friday night.

The World Sailing Speed Record Council recognised Ms Blair as the first woman to complete the journey “solo assisted” – a designation taking into account the repairs in South Africa.

The official clock, which included the 80 days in port, lists her journey time at approximately 215 days.