Who is Dee Caffari?

British yachtswoman Dee Caffari 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 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 successfully completed the gruelling Vendée Globe Race in 2009, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of an original fleet of 30 competitors. In June of the same year, Dee and an all-female crew went on to smash the mono-hull speed record around Britain and Ireland. April 2011 saw Dee complete her third non-stop circumnavigation in the double-handed Barcelona World Race.

Dee is involved with a number of competitive sailing campaigns and continues to showcase her talents in other areas such as TV and radio presenting, motivational speaking and supporting her chosen charities.


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A decade on...

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:45pm

Today is the start of a new adventure.

Ten years ago I was heading out on my first circumnavigation and I was nervous and felt physically sick. I was tasked with a 72 foot boat and 16 enthusiastic sailors about to race against the prevailing winds and currents around the world. I joined eleven other skippers on this adventure and we had some amazing experiences. There were good times and bad, we...

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Inspiring the next generation

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:55pm

Sunday 21st September 2014 the inaugural Bart's Bash. Sailing clubs all around the world held a race on behalf of the charity, The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Today joined together thousands of sailors worldwide in a race to set a new Guiness World Record, raise money for charity, inspire the next generation and also remember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

As patron of St Mary's ...

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Deadlines loom

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 9:15am

The deadline for the teams to be assembled in Alicante for the start of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is the 8th September. This is not very far away. The shore team have been working hard at Endeavour Quay to make Team SCA ready to race. Final paint jobs, final finishes, final repairs and we are all set to leave the UK at the weekend and head down to Alicante. This is our last sail before we star...

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