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 solo, non-stop Vendée Globe Race in 2009, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of an original fleet of 30 competitors. April 2011 saw Dee complete her third non-stop circumnavigation in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. In 2014, as part of Team SCA taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15, Dee secured the Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record for an all-female crewed monohull of 4 days 21 hrs 39 secs.

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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One year to go

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 8:15pm

This time next year will be the start of the 8th edition of the Vendee Globe. Skippers will depart the dock in Les Sables D'Olonne waving goodbye to friends, families, shore teams and supporters with the sole purpose of sailing non stop, without assistance, around the world in an IMOCA 60. The human endeavour of this challenge is what makes this race so appealing. Not all the sailors will finish. D...

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Grass Roots Sailing

Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 5:13pm

As patron of St Marys Junior Sailing Club, I was delighted to be able to join them for the annual laying up supper and prize giving. This took place at Stokes Bay Sailing Club where some of the older and braver sailors graduate to if they want to continue their sailing career.

I celebrated the fact that St Marys Junior Sailing Club had fifty sailors signed up for 2015 and that many of these were ...

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New Horizons

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 2:44pm

The delivery from the UK to Genoa, Italy for Team SCA was my final sail on the Magenta beast. The ten days involved a number of crew changes and pit stops but also some great sailing. With a reduced crew and a relaxed vibe we encountered upwind, bouncy conditions, flat calm, motoring conditions and some great send it downwind conditions. A brilliant summary of what it can be like to sail a Volvo 65. We ...

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