On this day in 1988 Kay Cottee sailed into Sydney Harbour to become the first woman in world history to sail alone, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Kay spent 189 days at sea and her voyage covered more than 22,000 nautical miles. She was named 1988 Australian of the Year and became an Officer of the Order of Australia amongst a host of world-wide awards and honors. Kay Cottee AO, a great Australian.