Brogo local sets sail for the Southern Ocean and the history books

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Editors note: Jackie Parry is originally from the UK. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. It was Noel’s idea to go sailing and somehow he just knew Jackie would fit right in.

Mariah II took Jackie and Noel around the world. Pyewacket II, their second boat, purchased in San Francisco took them across the Pacific Ocean for a second time on a more southerly route.

Having settled in Brogo, north of Bega in recent years Jackie and her team are keen to share their knowledge, passion and first-hand experience via SisterShip Training, SisterShip Magazine, and SisterShip Press.

Today she heads off on her next big adventure – sailing the mighty Southern Ocean and invites you to share the journey with her.

May the winds forever be at your back Jackie!

I am not sure if you’ve heard of Lisa Blair. In the circles of sailing, record-breaking, inspiration, and climate change, she is well known.

As a sailor myself, I’ve taken a keen interest in Lisa, followed her amazing accomplishments and met her a few times along the way. She’s fun, full of life, and lives on the edge – and now she is taking me with her to a similar precipice!

Those tummy butterflies of mine are working overtime and the perfect excuse to jump up and down because Lisa, her boat Climate Action Now, and myself (with butterflies) are heading into the Southern Ocean!

The 2019 Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race starts on 27 December off Portsea Pier and takes the fleet down the rugged west coast of Tasmania and to Hobart. The annual 440 nautical mile race is open to fully crewed monohulls, with divisions for Four + Autohelm, double-handed and multihulls.

That all sounds very nice doesn’t it? But as you may have heard the Southern Ocean is fickle, tough, and often serves up 10 metre waves, yes, you read that right!

But my motto is – if it excites you and scares you, you should be doing it. And I am a sucker for a good challenge, despite those butterflies reminding me that it’s been a few years since I did an ocean voyage!

More about Lisa Blair.

Lisa’s thirst for sailing and adventure was aroused when she crewed in the 2011/2012 Clipper Round the World Race. The Sunshine Coast sailor, who has called Sydney home since 2014, has since completed the ITL Solo Tasman Challenge from New Zealand to Australia.

So I couldn’t be in better hands! But wait, there’s more…

Among other achievements, Lisa took her environmental message aboard Climate Action Now to the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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