Adrienne Cahalan

Adrienne has combined a career in international pro yacht racing with her work as a lawyer. Adrienne sailed her first Sydney Hobart Race in 1984, started sailing as a pro sailor in 1988 on 18 foot skiffs, was admitted to practise law in 1991and raced her first Whitbread as navigator 1993-1994. Adrienne is best known for her extensive and successful career in yacht racing as a navigator from 1988 to date including 18 foot skiffs, 26 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, 3 circumnavigations, Whitbread and Volvo round the world races, 5 multihull world speed sailing records including the 24 hour record and the Round the World Record with Steve Fossett on the catamaran Cheyenne in 2004 (58 days). She was nominated for Female world sailor of the year 4 times in 1998,2002,2003 & 2004.
Over the years Adrienne has practiced law in the area of commercial law specialising in maritime law and marine insurance engaged by clients (from government, shipping companies and insurers and high net worth individuals to small business and other organisations) to advise and act for them in litigation, incident response, commercial transactions and compliance. Adrienne completed post graduate studies in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading UK in 2003 and also works as a weather, climate and navigation consultant for marine, litigation and corporate advisory matters. Adrienne was on Council, a member of the International Regulations Committee and Oceanic and Offshore Committee at World Sailing from 2008-2016 and on the Board of Australian Sailing from 2004-2010.