First Lady

First Lady On June th Kay Cotee fulfilled a childhood dream After covering than nautical miles in days at sea she became the first woman in history to complete a solo nonstop and unassisted v

  • Title: First Lady
  • Author: Kay Cottee
  • ISBN: 9780732900151
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • On June 5th, 1988, Kay Cotee fulfilled a childhood dream.After covering than 22,000 nautical miles in 189 days at sea she became the first woman in history to complete a solo, nonstop and unassisted voyage around the world.Sailing her yacht, Blacks First Lady, Kay Cottee crossed the world s great oceans, rounded the five capes of the Southern Hemisphere and was laOn June 5th, 1988, Kay Cotee fulfilled a childhood dream.After covering than 22,000 nautical miles in 189 days at sea she became the first woman in history to complete a solo, nonstop and unassisted voyage around the world.Sailing her yacht, Blacks First Lady, Kay Cottee crossed the world s great oceans, rounded the five capes of the Southern Hemisphere and was lashed by gale force winds and mountainous seas She battled the elements, faced natural hazards such as icebergs, whales and rocks and won the battle against the most deadly enemy of all loneliness For six months she grabbed no than twenty minutes sleep at a time For five months she had no fresh food Her only human contact was by radio.When Kay Cottee and Blacks First Lady made their triumphant entry into Sydney Harbour the recognition of her courage was spontaneous and overwhelming In a climax befitting her achievements Kay was made an officer of the Order of Australia and was then awarded the highest honour of all when she was named the Bicentennial Australian of the Year.Kay Cottee First Lady is the story of a remarkable voyage Told in her own words, it is a thrilling account of Kay s historic achievement and true testament to her courage, determination and irrepressible good humour.

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    1. As a person with no knowledge of sailing at the time I read this book I loved the whole process of learning about her special craft. A description of being becalmed and out of all contact with others is one that has stayed with me and one I would have loved to share

    2. She survived the trip of a lifetime and achieved her goal and dream because she was PREPARED! Even with all that preparation she faced unbelievable challenges emotionally and mentally and hit her target. An inspiration in courageous tenacity.

    3. Inspiring and a bit scary at times. I can't imagine the frightening situation of being alone, in weather so rough, your boat is not just blown flat, but rolled 360 degrees and you end up overboard.

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