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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The warmth of a community
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 5:45pm
As the patron for Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service I was delighted to attend a cheque presentation today.
Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, known locally as "GAFIRS", is an independent search and rescue facility covering the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.
GAFIRS is funded entirely by charitable donations and costs over £35,000 a year to run.
Home for a cold snap
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 5:54pm
I am home just in time for temperatures to plummet. I am reflecting on the success of the women's keelboat team, maybe not by their results, but certainly by the increased responsibility the girls have taken on. They planned the food and water, the navigation, passed the security inspection and got us safely to our destination. Then without question after just a three hour turnaround they sailed the...
The Calm before the Storm
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 9:42am
My last night in Oman before flying home tomorrow and I am tired, happy and very proud of the womens keelboat race team.
We completed the Muscat to Khasab offshore race in difficult light wind conditions, where waiting for puffs of pressure to move you in fierce 30 degree heat became a lottery. Despite miscalculating the food required, the Omani ladies proved tough enough to stick it out. They fin...