Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Life on the Ocean Waves for Coast Girl

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Life on the Ocean Waves for Coast Girl

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LISA Blair doesn't sound much like an Aussie any more.

Her Ocker accent has given way to a hybrid of English and American.

But that's to be expected after 11 months at sea aboard a yacht with a broad international crew.

aGive me a week and I'll be back to sounding Aussie,a she said with a laugh.

The 27-year-old is finally back in Australia after a year-and-a-half abroad.

The majority of that time, just 10 days shy of a full year, she was sailing aboard the Gold Coast Australia a one of the 10 identical yachts in the Clipper 2011-12 Round The World Yacht Race whilst raising awareness for OceansWatch International.

aThe whole experience was as good and as hard as I had thought it would be...even harder at times,a she said.

aI met so many people from different walks of life...I learned so much about them, about myself.

aIt was just inspirational. Sailing is my calling and I just want more of it now.a

The former sales assistant flew in to the Sunshine Coast Airport on Saturday afternoon into the waiting arms of family and friends waving banners, wearing party hats and bearing flowers.

For many of them, it's the first time since December when the Gold Coast Australia made port in its namesake city, that they have had a chance to see her.

aI'm glad to be back a it's really good to see everyone,a she said.

The world's oceans had been Ms Blair's home from August 2011 to July this year.

Her journey took her from the UK through Madeia, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, New Zealand, Singapore, Qingdao, California, Panama, New York and Nova Scotia, just to name a few.

The Gold Coast Australia won the racing series overall with the most number of points and set two records in the process a one for most podium finishes in a race and most races ever won.

They claimed first in 12 races, second in one and third in two others. …

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