Kay Cottee AO

Welcome to www.KayCottee.com

On June 5th 1988, on board her yacht Blackmores First Lady, Kay Cottee fulfilled her childhood dream to become the first woman in history to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.  
It was a journey that was to change her life in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Since that day in 1988 Kay has written a record breaking bestselling book, penned another book 10 years later, produced an international award winning film of her voyage, become an internationally renowned motivational speaker, an accomplished artist and a mother.
The books - both print and ebook versions, the award winning film and Kay's sculptures and paintings are available on this website.

  • Art

    Kay started life-drawing in her teens before boat building and professional sailing consumed her life. For the past 27 years she has studied and devoted her time to painting vibrant art works revolving around the sea in oils, acrylics and pastels. Kay has also created unique life sculptures in clay and bronze. Find out more here

  • Books & Media

    The funny poignant book ‘First Lady’, written by Kay, takes readers on her remarkable journey, from the dream to reality. A decade on Kay wrote ‘All at Sea on Land’ recounting the extraordinary stories that come with life in the public eye, the amazing people she met along the way and the joys and perils of motherhood! The internationally award winning documentary ‘First Lady’ uniquely captures her life alone at sea using the original film Kay took during her 189 days circumnavigating the world. Find out more here

  • Public Speaking

    Since her history making voyage around the world Kay has been inspiring audiences, large and small, with her presentation to corporate, private and charitable groups. Kay's unique and unassuming way with words, along with media such as film, pictures and artefacts from the journey make for an unforgettable experience. Time has only enhanced the message that she imparts - we can all achieve our dreams. Find out more here