About Lia 2017-10-18T17:16:25+00:00

ABOUT LIA

I am a writer and professional adventurer passionate about sharing my experiences at sea, through writing, speaking engagements and by translating them into contemporary art installations.

Now 37, I have racked up more than 150,000 nautical miles of experience – the equivalent of 8 laps of the globe – and have competed at a high level in some of the world’s most challenging ocean races.

The youngest competitor and only woman to complete the OSTAR 2005 single-handed transatlantic race, my experience formed the basis of a 2006 installation, Absolute Solitude: One Woman, One Boat in which I lived on my boat next to the Tate Britain Gallery for 28 days – the same number of days as it took me to sail to the US.

After achieving 2nd place in France’s prestigious single-handed transatlantic race, Le Route du Rhum, I went on to captain the boat that starred in the film ‘Waterworld’ with Kevin Costner, taking 3rd place in the 2007 Transpac Race from LA to Hawaii.

An entry in the Woodvale Challenge tipped ‘The Toughest Rowing Race on Earth’ saw me swap sails for oars. From La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to Antigua in the Caribbean, I rowed 3,000 nautical miles to become the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic Ocean and the 64th woman ever to row any ocean.

ABOUT LIA

I am a writer and professional adventurer passionate about sharing my experiences at sea, through writing, speaking engagements and by translating them into contemporary art installations.

Now 37, I have racked up more than 150,000 nautical miles of experience – the equivalent of 8 laps of the globe – and have competed at a high level in some of the world’s most challenging ocean races.

The youngest competitor and only woman to complete the OSTAR 2005 single-handed transatlantic race, my experience formed the basis of a 2006 installation, Absolute Solitude: One Woman, One Boat in which I lived on my boat next to the Tate Britain Gallery for 28 days – the same number of days as it took me to sail to the US.

After achieving 2nd place in France’s prestigious single-handed transatlantic race, Le Route du Rhum, I went on to captain the boat that starred in the film ‘Waterworld’ with Kevin Costner, taking 3rd place in the 2007 Transpac Race from LA to Hawaii.

An entry in the Woodvale Challenge tipped ‘The Toughest Rowing Race on Earth’ saw me swap sails for oars. From La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to Antigua in the Caribbean, I rowed 3,000 nautical miles to become the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic Ocean and the 64th woman ever to row any ocean.

2013 – Book Commission

Aside from being a sailor and an artist, I write regularly for magazines. On a quest to master the art of storytelling, I completed a postgraduate degree in Professional Writing at Falmouth University in 2011-12. Six months later I was commissioned to write a coffee-table book to inspire others.

‘50 Water Adventures To Do Before You Die’ is available in both English and German.

Published by Bloomsbury in the UK in 2014, USA, Canada and Europe in 2015. Available on Amazon

Captain of PlanetSolar – 2015

The world’s largest solar-powered boat and first solar electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.

3,500 mile delivery from Venice to Lorient, France and 5 month refit analysing 349 of the 809 solar panels!

Captain of PlanetSolar – 2015

The world’s largest solar-powered boat and first solar electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.

3,500 mile delivery from Venice to Lorient, France and 5 month refit analysing 349 of the 809 solar panels!

2017 – Training for Record Row

Rowing in the San Francisco Bay, the goal is to build up from 12 hrs of rowing per week to 50 hrs of rowing per week!

Offshore rows include rowing to the Farallone Islands and back, rowing down to Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Monterey.

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Guinness WR Attempt – 2018

Fastest Man or Woman to Row the Pacific

Departing San Francisco for Hawaii.

Only 2 people have rowed solo: Rob Eustace – taking 52 days and Roz Savage – taking 99 days. 10 other women and 25 men have rowed to Hawaii as part of a team of 2 or 4.

Guinness WR Attempt – 2018

Fastest Man or Woman to Row the Pacific

Departing San Francisco for Hawaii.

Only 2 people have rowed solo: Rob Eustace – taking 52 days and Roz Savage – taking 99 days. 10 other women and 25 men have rowed to Hawaii as part of a team of 2 or 4.

Expedition: 2020

Trans-Pacific.

Guinness WR bid –

First Woman to Row the North Pacific Ocean

Departing Choshi, Japan for the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco USA

In March 2020, I will depart from Choshi Japan and endeavour to row 5,500 nautical miles across the North Pacific to the Golden Gate and San Francisco. Eighteen attempts have been made to row the North Pacific solo.

In achieving this record, I will be the 1st woman and 3rd person in history to row this distance.

To date, 2 men have succeeded in rowing solo from Japan to San Francisco. Both were French. Gerard d’Aboville was the 1st in 1991. After 134 days Gerard was towed 20 miles to Ilwaco, Washington. Emmanuel Coindre spent 129 days at sea in 2005, but was both resupplied and then towed the last 50 miles to Coos Bay, Oregon.

The record to row land to land by man or woman is still arguably up for grabs.