Dee Caffari

December 31, 2017
Hong Kong on the horizon premium
So with Christmas now a distant memory, we are looking ahead to Leg 4 starts on Tuesday 2nd January. For this leg we have three planned crew changes. Brian Thompson steps in for Nico as navigator and, having wracked up more speed records than any other sailor, he is the fastest man on water. We…
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December 27, 2017
Festive cheer from Melbourne premium
The departure from Cape Town was windy and varied, as we had anticipated, with a huge transition zone in the shadow of Table Mountain. Although we had a poor start line up and were late, we worked hard at a reach to the first mark and got back in the game, controlled Akzo at the…
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December 9, 2017
From Cape Town to Christmas premium
Our stopover in Cape Town has been most excellent. Fabulous food, great weather and some much needed R & R for me and the crew ahead of the next leg. However, the lure of so many cool activities has not seen us lounging around too much. As well as swimming with sharks and checking out…
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November 28, 2017
Fighting all the way to Cape Town premium
We arrived into Cape Town on Saturday night in last place and my team and I were heartbroken. After 21 days at sea, 7000 miles of intensive and close racing and with fifth place within our grasp right up until the very end, the final result was decided by just 1minute and 8 seconds. We…
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November 4, 2017
Onwards and upwards premium
On Sunday, we set off on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race for 7000 miles of ocean sailing. This is the most challenging and technical of all the legs and the most fun to sail. If I had to pick a forecast to make this journey, the conditions we are anticipating are close to…
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October 31, 2017
Leg One to Lisbon premium
We left Alicante last Sunday with the Portuguese capital of Lisbon as our destination for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was a relatively short but intense sprint which started with a great exit from the Mediterranean with lots of gybes and some fast furious downwind sailing. It was interesting how all the…
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October 21, 2017
One more sleep premium
Ok Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 – Team Turn The Tide on Plastic are coming, ready or not! Tomorrow is the start of Leg One and, after what has been a very short lead up for my team, we are lining up against some of the most talented and experienced offshore sailors on the planet. Would…
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October 19, 2017
Update from Alicante premium
We have been in Alicante for a week now and certainly haven’t been resting on our laurels since completing the Prologue. We headed straight into a practice race where we were able to trial a few tactics and strategies in a short course race setting. As always, we came away with some key learnings which…
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October 12, 2017
Practice makes perfect premium
We arrived early this morning into Alicante after what was, at times, quite a frustrating Prologue race from Lisbon. We were due to depart Lisbon 1300hrs on Sunday but the winds were so light that the start was delayed by a couple of hours as we all motored out to find some breeze. As the…
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October 5, 2017
Heading in the right direction premium
With just over two weeks before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, I am delighted to announce that not one but two navigators have joined the Turn the Tide on Plastic team. Nico Lunven and Brian Thompson are the final additions to our line up and I’m confident they will greatly strengthen our team.…
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