Sara Hastreiter is an adventurer of the highest degree. Her accomplishments to date include sailing across every ocean on the planet, a true rounding of Cape Horn after 5,000 miles in the Southern Ocean, and setting multiple world records. At just 34 years old, her global exploration and charitable work have also taken her to 52 countries and to the top of three of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Sara also competed as part of the most successful all-female team in the 42-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race—a fiercely competitive, male-dominated professional sailing competition known as “the Everest of sailing” and one of the most grueling sporting events in the world.
After eight years as a professional sailor, Sara has now set her sights on setting the world record as the first female in history and only second person ever to sail all Seven Seas and climb all Seven Summits. With all seven seas and three of the seven summits—Mounts Aconcagua, Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro—already complete, Sara is well on her way to achieving her goal. WHI is proud to partner alongside Sara as she pursues this world record for all the world to see.
With a dynamic and varied background as a humanitarian, professional athlete, and a brand ambassador, Sara’s unique combination of experiences has provided her with the skills to connect and inspire with a level of authenticity that few shares. A trailblazer to her core, Sara holds a degree in African Studies and has worked since an early age to help address the social side of HIV/AIDS, including fieldwork in both Tanzania and St. Croix. Now, whether spearheading her own charitable campaigns, like the “Aconcagua for Austin” campaign to raise money for treatment for 5-year-old childhood cancer survivor Austin Biggs or teaming up with organization like Sol Relief, Operation AirDrop, and WHI to provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida, Sara continues to demonstrate a heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of those who suffer.
Beyond her adventuring and humanitarian work, Sara is an experienced, results-driven brand ambassador, with a proven ability to connect with audiences and drive engagement. Serving as the spokesperson for Team SCA during her time in the Volvo Ocean Race, Sara promoted global feminine hygiene education initiatives in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)—a global, multi-stakeholder membership organization hosted by the United Nations. Following the Volvo Ocean Race, Sara volunteered her sports celebrity to raise more than $1.5 million USD for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities through taking part in Sports Relief’s “Hell on High Seas” adventure sailing challenge in the UK. As noted in a letter from Billy Jean King, Sara has been a part of showing “girls and women around the world that we can accomplish anything and to dream big.”