Lia Ditton, 36, has more than 150,000 nautical miles of experience – the equivalent of 8 laps of the globe – and has competed at a high level in some of the world’s most challenging ocean races.

Lia Ditton is a professional sailor and writer, passionate about sharing her extraordinary experiences at sea by translating them into contemporary art installations.

The only woman to complete the OSTAR 2005 single-handed transatlantic race, the experience formed the basis of Lia’s 2006 installation, Absolute Solitude: One Woman, One Boat in which Lia lived on her boat next to the Tate Britain Gallery for 28 days – the same number of days as it took her to sail to America.

A licensed captain, Lia has since come 2nd in the Route du Rhum, France’s most-prestigious, single-handed transatlantic race; captained the boat from the film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner; become the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic and the 64th woman to row any ocean, and project managed the largest solar-powered boat in the world.

Lia’s book, 50 Water Adventures To Do Before You Die! was commissioned by Bloomsbury to inspire others and is now available in both English and German.

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This freighter diverted course to check out my boat. This is the 2nd time in 2 days, that a scarily large hulk of metal has bared down on me to say hello. I appreciate the interest, but seriously captains!! Use your binoculars! #yorow #pacificsolo2018 #safetyatsea ...

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Easter Sunday well spent: rowing around Angel Island. I opted to row counter-clockwise today, because of the forecast southerlies. Squally winds, tide against me at various times and a proper fight through Raccoon Straight...every row in SF Bay is a micro adventure! #yorow #pacificsolo2018 #worldrecordattempt #empoweringwomen #sanfranciscoyachtclub ...

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Peaking out between the roses (a table decoration, not a gift!) is the same me, just one year older. Thank you @moeroddy and @dkwieneke for treating me to a posh YC dinner and telling the waiter to stick a candle in my carrot cake after I'd insisted he shouldn't! Love you both #friendsofyorow #dreamteam #worldrecordattempt #pacificsolo2018 #poweredbycake ...

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