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Adrienne CAHALAN (AUS)

Adrienne CAHALAN (AUS) Adrienne CAHALAN's reputation as a top class navigator and meteorologist is second to none. The crowning glory to her nomination is the phenomenal Round the World, Non-Stop Record achieved as part of the crew on the maxi-catamaran Cheyenne. Adrienne joined the team as navigator and successfully guided the 12 crew members around the world in 58 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds, shaving nearly six days off the record. Not only is she the fastest Australian to circumnavigate the globe she is also the fastest woman, and the only woman to ever be part of a crew to break the non-stop Round the World Record.

Adrienne's achievements through the rest of the nomination period include navigating four crews to victory in major offshore and keelboat regattas, and top five places in eight other events, being part of a crew who secured a WSSRC Powered Sailing Systems Passage Record from Monaco to Porto Cervo, Italy and she holds the Sydney Hobart Race Record for the most number of race finishes by a woman.

The Achievements of Adrienne Cahalan


3rd - Hamilton Island Race Week (IRC), August 2004 (navigator)
1st - Hogs Breath Race Week (IRC), August 2004 (navigator)
5th - Little Traverse Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, July-August 2004 (navigator)
5th - Chicago-Mackinac Race, July 2004 (navigator)
1st - Newport - Bermuda Race, June 2004 (navigator) & winner of Navigators Trophy
2nd - NYYC Regatta, June 2004 (crew)
WR - Round the World, Non-Stop Record, February-April 2004 - 58d, 9h, 32m 45s (navigator)
1st - Coffs Harbour Series, January 2004 (navigator)
RR - Sydney Hobart Race Record - completed the race 13 times - the most by a woman, December 2003
5th - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, December 2003 (navigator)
2nd - Rolex Trophy Series, December 2003 (navigator)
4th - Transat Jacques Vabre, November 2003 (onshore navigator)
WR - WSSRC Powered Sailing Systems Record - Monaco to Porto Cervo, October 2003 (crew)
1st - Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts - September 2003 (navigator)
3rd - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, September 2003 (navigator)

Name Adrienne Cahalan
Date of Birth 23646
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia
Profession Yachting and Meteorology
Website http://www.rdg.ac.uk/~swp02amc
Age started sailing 14
First boat sailed Hobie 16
Age started racing 17
First boat raced Laser & windsurfer
What inspired you to take up sailing? I grew up on Sydney Harbour as such my friends were involved in sailing.
How did you buy your first boat? At 17 I bought a laser with money saved from waiting tables part time while I was as school.
Which was your first sailing club? Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club
First Event competed in and Year Club Championship Races and Australian Laser Nationals in 1983
First Event won and Year Sydney Harbour 12ft Skiff Championship in 1986
Principle achievements Round the World Record - April 2004 (navigator) - 58d, 9h - first and only woman to ever break this record
Principle achievements 24 hour record (co-skipper and navigator) June 2002 - 695nm
Principle achievements 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Champion 1992-1993 (skipper) - first woman to win a major title
Principle achievements Admirals Cup win - 2003 (navigator)
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 4 times nominated for the Female World Sailor of the Year Award (1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004)
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Australian Yachtswoman of the Year 2002-2003 and nominated 2003-2004
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 8 World Sailing Speed Records, including Round the World (2004), Cross Channel (twice 1997 nd 2002), 24 hour (2002) and Transatlantic (1997)
What are your future sailing aspirations? To compete in and win the America's Cup
What are your future sailing aspirations? To win the 18ft Skiff World Championship
What are your future sailing aspirations? To break the Round the World Record in a shorter time than 58 days
What are your future sailing aspirations? I would also like to compete in the Olympic classes again one day
Briefly state what sailing means to you It is my life, my friendships, my work and the sailing community is like an extended family to me. It is a great source of enjoyment, satisfaction and inspiration but it also means being wet and cold sometimes in the Southern Ocean which is not so great!
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? The crew of Australia 2 for winning the America's Cup and the early circumnavigators such as Francis Chichester, Naomi Jones and Joshua Slocum for their sense of adventure, freedom, bravery and their desire to cross the oceans of the world.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Iain MURRAY: 6 times 18 foot skiff champion and America's Cup helmsman.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Golf and Tennis
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? The early navigating and racing explorers such as Magellan, Cook, Baudin and Flinders who raced around the world in the 1700s in their ships and navigated and charted the coastlines of Australasia and the world in very difficult conditions. They are true sailing heroes!
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2004 means to you It is truly an honour and very humbling to be nominated for this award and I regard it as a great achievement. It is also a tribute to the teams that I sail with who are a very integral part of any successes I have had.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2004, briefly say what will this mean to you? It will be the absolute highlight of my career and a great reward not only for myself but for each team I have sailed with and my friends and famly who always offer incredible support and good advice. Hopefully it is something I can give back to them, because when it comes to sailing the real pressure is being part of a team both on and off the water.
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