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Who is Dee Caffari?

Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari has sailed around the world five times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.

In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

Dee is currently leading Team Turn the Tide on Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18. The team aim to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and inspire people to take action in their day to day lives. Whilst Dee focusses on the competition, leading a mixed youth team in this 8 month global yacht race, her UK based company will manage the international operations campaign behind the scenes.

Outside of sailing, Dee continues to showcase her talents in the media as a presenter and producer. Dee is also a much sought after motivational speaker and spends time supporting her chosen charities.

Dee's records & feats

Dee Caffari - Aviva Challenge

Dee set a world record by becoming the first woman to complete a circumnavigation of the globe against the prevailing winds and currents in 2006.

Dee Caffari - Vendee Globe

Dee competed in the 2008/9 Vendée Globe – a race around the world, non-stop and alone. She crossed the finish line in 6th place out of 30 starters.

Dee Caffari - Barcelona World Race

Dee crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race in April 2011 and on completion of this race entered the record books once again as the only woman to have circumnavigated the globe, non-stop, three times.

Team SCA

Dee joined Team SCA and set a new speed record for a female crew, circumnavigating Britain and Ireland in 2014 after they completed the race in 4 days 21 hours and 39 seconds, beating her previous record.

This is Dee's story...

Dee Caffari - Guiness World Record CertificateDee Caffari was awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, setting a world record in the process by becoming the first woman to complete this epic voyage in 2006.

In 2009 Dee completed the Vendée Globe – a solo, non-stop race around the world, making her the only woman to have sailed single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions.

In April 2011, Dee successfully completed another circumnavigation. With completion of the Barcelona World Race Dee became the only woman to have sailed three times around the world non-stop.

Dee joined Team SCA in 2014, the all-female entry into the Volvo Ocean Race. During training, the team successfully claimed the Round Britain and Ireland speed record for a female crewed monohull in 4 days 21 hours and 39 seconds.

Dee has returned to the Volvo Ocean Race to lead Team Turn the Tide on Plastic in the 2017/18 edition. The team aim to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and inspire people to take action in their day to day lives.  

Dee Caffari AmbassadorAfter a career change, from being a secondary school teacher of Physical Education for five years, Dee secured her place as the only female skipper in the fleet to race in the Global Challenge race in 2004. A natural team leader, the crewed round the world race dealt with man management, conflict management and also the extreme highs and lows encountered with success and failure on a race lasting ten months. It was just four months later that Dee set off again to attempt her pioneering voyage – the Aviva Challenge, solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents.
Dee is actively involved in a number of charities. She sits on the Operations Committee for the RNLI and is a patron for GAFIRS, an Independent Lifeboat station. Dee is also a patron for the charity Sail 4 Cancer and St Mary’s Junior Sailing Club. Dee is proud to be an ambassador for UKSA and also the RYA Green Blue Campaign helping to promote a better marine environment.

Since 2015 Dee has been a presenter and producer for the online Global Women’s Sports Network WiSP Sports helping to support and promote female athletes and sport.

Dee’s timeline of major events

Formula 1 Sailing

March 1, 2000

Formula 1 Sailing

Dee worked for Formula 1 Sailing, first as a skipper and then as the manager of their fleet of 65s in the UK and the Caribbean.

Global Challenge

October 3, 2004

Global Challenge

Dee had secured her place as the only female skipper in the fleet to race in the 10-month Global Challenge race, which departed on 3 October 2004. Held every four years, this race took a fleet of one-design (or matching) steel yachts, crewed by amateur sailors who have paid to take part, the Westabout route round Cape Horn and through the Southern Ocean where winds can exceed 70 knots. Dee was the skipper of the yacht Imagine It. Done. The

Aviva Challenge

November 20, 2005

Aviva Challenge

On 20th November 2005, Dee set off on her pioneering voyage, the Aviva Challenge, where she attempted to single-handedly circumnavigate the world against the prevailing winds and currents.

Aviva Challenge Finish

May 18, 2006

Aviva Challenge Finish

Dee completed her circumnavigation of the world against the prevailing winds and currents on 18 May 2006, at 17:55pm, after 178 days at sea. She set a world record by becoming the first woman to complete this epic voyage.

Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge

November 1, 2006

Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge

Dee led an all female team in the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge. They covered over 6500km of rugged terrain using four disciplines to raise money for cancer charities.

Yachtswoman Awards

December 5, 2006

Yachtswoman Awards

Dee was awarded the BBC South Yachtswoman of the Year and Raymarine Yachtswoman of the Year awards.

Partnership with Mike Golding

March 20, 2007

Partnership with Mike Golding

Dee announces a technical partnership with Mike Golding to allow both the British entries in the Vendee Globe to work together.

London Marathon

April 7, 2007

London Marathon

Dee completes the Flora London Marathon.

Awarded an MBE

June 17, 2007

Awarded an MBE

Dee was named on Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours list and was awarded an MBE for her solo round the world record achievement.

‘Against the Flow’ book published

September 24, 2007

‘Against the Flow’ book published

Dee’s book ‘Against the Flow’ was published.

2008 Artemis Transat Race

May 24, 2008

2008 Artemis Transat Race

Dee competed in the Artemis Transat race across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth in the UK to Boston in the USA.

2008/9 Vendee Globe

November 15, 2008

2008/9 Vendee Globe

Dee competed in the 2008/9 Vendee Globe – a race around the world, non-stop and alone, known as the Everest of sailing.

2008/9 Vendee Globe Finish

February 11, 2009

2008/9 Vendee Globe Finish

Dee completes the Vendee Globe and crosses the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 original competitors.

Speed Record – Round Britain and Ireland

June 23, 2009

Speed Record – Round Britain and Ireland

Dee added to her achievements by setting a new speed record for circumnavigating Britain and Ireland after crossing the Solent finish line on her Open 60 Aviva. She completed the race in 6 days 11 hours 30 minutes and 53 seconds, having lopped a massive 17 hours off the existing time.

2009 Transat Jacques Vabre

November 8, 2009

2009 Transat Jacques Vabre

Dee and co-skipper, Brian Thompson, secured 8th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) race. At the end of her first full IMOCA season, Dee was placed 6th out of the 33 skippers in the IMOCA World Championship rankings.

Vuelta Espana

June 1, 2010

Vuelta Espana

Dee and her crew of five took part in a legged racing tour of Spain, the Vuelta Espana.

2010 Barcelona World Race

December 31, 2010

2010 Barcelona World Race

On 31st December 2010 Dee and her Spanish co skipper, Anna Corbella, began the Barcelona World Race. The duo formed the only all female team in the non-stop double handed race around the globe.

2010 Barcelona World Race Finish

April 13, 2011

2010 Barcelona World Race Finish

Dee Caffari and her co skipper, Anna Corbella finished 6th place in the Barcelona World Race.

Phuket Race Week Ambassador

July 10, 2011

Phuket Race Week Ambassador

Dee was an Ambassador for Phuket Race Week.

Rolex Fastnet Race

August 14, 2011

Rolex Fastnet Race

Dee competed onboard Race for Water in the Rolex Fastnet race, finishing inside the course record within 34 hours.

Rolex ISAF Yachtswoman – Shortlisted

November 8, 2011

Rolex ISAF Yachtswoman – Shortlisted

Dee was delighted to be shortlisted for the Rolex ISAF Yachtswoman of the Year Award.

Sail Arabia The Tour

December 26, 2011

Sail Arabia The Tour

Dee joins the Oman Sail team as she skippers the first all-female crew to take part in Sail Arabia The Tour.

2012 Sail Arabia The Tour Finish

February 26, 2012

2012 Sail Arabia The Tour Finish

Dee and her all female crew claim 4th place in Sail Arabia The Tour. For two of the crew, they became the first Arab women to sail offshore.

Dee Caffari Honorary Commander

January 31, 2013

Dee Caffari Honorary Commander

As Honorary Commander RNR Dee visits FOST.

2013 Sailing Arabia The Tour

February 4, 2013

2013 Sailing Arabia The Tour

Dee skipper’s Sailing Arabia The Tour with Omani crew.

H20 Radio Show Presenter

April 1, 2013

H20 Radio Show Presenter

Presenting the H20 show for the second year.

Row 2 Win Launch

May 11, 2013

Row 2 Win Launch

Dee joins fellow Crew Clothing Ambassador Ben Fogle to launch Row 2 Win.

Round The Island Race

June 2, 2013

Round The Island Race

Toe in the Water races Round The Island.

2013 Rolex Fastnet Race

August 11, 2013

2013 Rolex Fastnet Race

Joining the crew on Oman Air Mod 70 Dee sails to victory in the Fastnet Race winning the MOCRA Class after a busy Cowes Week.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

September 21, 2013

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

Awarding the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at St James Palace.

2013 Muscat to Khasab Offshore Race

November 17, 2013

2013 Muscat to Khasab Offshore Race

Dee skipper’s the Muscat to Khasab Offshore Race with an 80% Omani crew.

Becomes Team SCA Member

January 1, 2014

Becomes Team SCA Member

Dee is selected to be part of Team SCA the only all-female team entry into the Volvo Ocean Race.