Sydney-woman Adrienne Cahalan has competed in, and achieved, extraordinary things in many classes of sailing. Big boats and small, wet ones and dry, Round-The-World, Sydney-to-Hobart and local regattas. She has been nominated four times for the World International Female Sailor. Sailing is a tough world, full of brash men, loads of money, celebrities, politics, big sponsorship, competition and the occasional tiny but gutsy woman. In 2004 Adrienne planned on taking a year off to contemplate her future and, perhaps, reinvent herself. But she received a phone call from adventurer Steve Fossett asking her to join his attempt to set the fastest time for an around-the-world sail, and he wanted Adrienne to be his navigator and second in charge on board. Of course she accepted the challenge, spent many months training with, and then 59 days at sea with, Fossett and the best sailors from around the world. She was the only Australian and the only woman on board Cheyenne, and they flogged the record. She was navigator on Wild Oats II in the most recent Sydney to Hobart and once again, all records were smashed. One of 6 children (a boy, then 5 girls) from a strong Catholic family, Adrienne i
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Author Biography - Adrienne Cahalan
Adrienne Cahalan qualified as a lawyer but no longer practices as her career is now in offshore and inshore navigation for round the world racing and weather routing. Adrienne is a director on the Board of Yachting Australia. In 2003, she completed a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading, UK and based her thesis on southern hemisphere meteorology. Adrienne learnt to sail as a teenager and has been involved in almost all forms of competitive skiff and ocean racing. She has sailed in 14 Sydney Hobart Races, a Kenwood Cup, 10 World Championships in dinghies and yachts, 3 Admirals Cup campaigns, 3 Fastnets, 8 Transatlantics, been involved in 3 Whitbread /Volvo campaigns, and several circumnavigation projects including 2 Jules Verne/RTW attempts (the last one lead by Steve Fossett where they successfully smashed the record). Adrienne currently holds 5 world sailing speed records and is the Australian Yachtswoman of the Year. She is the only navigator to have broken, in the space of 2 years, the 24 hour record, the round the world record, the cross channel record, and won the prestigious Newport-Bermuda Race and the Admirals Cup in the same period.