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Australian record holders arrive via water for Sydney International Boat Show

Left to Right: Michelle Lee, Lisa Blair, Sarah Davis


Three Australian record holders arrive at the Sydney International Boat Show venue. All are appearing at the Show’s Sailing and Paddling Hub, discussing and speaking about their various achievements, challenges and plans for their future adventures.


Michelle Lee:

The only woman to row solo non-stop and unassisted across the Pacific Ocean. Michelle was at sea for 237 days, rowing 14,000 kilometres from the coast of Mexico to the east coast of Australia. Previously, Michelle has undertaken the same feat across the Atlantic Ocean.

Lisa Blair:

Lisa became the fastest person in the world to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica in May 2022. Previously on 17 December 2018, Lisa established a new outright record time for sailing in a monohull around Australia in 58 Days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and 29 seconds. She was the first woman to complete the record. Lisa also helmed the first all-female team in 16 years in the 2017 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on board her yacht Climate Action Now partnered with The Magenta Project.

Sarah Davis:

The first woman to lead an expedition of the river Nile, the world’s longest river. The expedition followed some 6850km, with 1100 kilometres of rafting and 3000 kilometres of paddling, taking in some of the world’s most extraordinary terrain from its source in Rwanda, through to the finish in Egypt where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. On the way, Sarah was set upon by a bloat of hippopotamuses, was arrested and detained in Burundi, ran some ridiculous lethal rapids and travelled through Sudan as the population was attempting to overthrow the government.

More Info:

The Sydney International Boat Show takes place from 3 to 6 August at the International Convention Centre Sydney, and on the adjacent marina on Cockle Bay. The show is open 10AM – 7PM Thursday to Saturday, and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. Tickets, now available, can be purchased online only – there will not be a box office at the Show. Adult tickets are $29.50 each. Children under 16 years of age are admitted free with a paying adult.

The Sydney International Boat Show is presented by the Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) and Mulpha Events, and proudly supported by Partner in Safety – Transport for NSW, along with official event partners National Storage and Walcon Marine.

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