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British Yachtswoman Dee Caffari has made her mark in the record books. In 2006, she became the first woman to sail solo non-stop west/east around the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Only four men have managed to complete this gruelling route before – less than have walked on the moon!


For this she was awarded an MBE and named YJA Yachtsman of the Year. Two years later, Dee set out to become the first women to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation in both directions by competing in the east/west Vendée Globe Race and finished a creditable sixth to claim her double world-first.


In 2011 Dee and  co-skipper Anna Corbella, successfully completed the Barcelona World Race – 2-person solo non-stop round the world race which gave Dee her third record. The only woman on earth to have sailed non-stop around the world three times.


"We can do more than we think we can.  We just have to dare to dream." she says.


Remarkably, Dee, a former teacher, only began sailing in 2000. Within 4 years, she had graduated to skipper one of the yachts in the Chay Blyth inspired Global Challenge yacht race around the world. In 2009, Dee and an all-women crew broke the Round Britain and Ireland monohull speed record, completing the 1,800 mile distance in 6 days 11 hours.


Dee’s courage, determination and motivation to complete each voyage remains an inspiration to many.  She knows the importance of self-belief, facing fears, and staying focused when times are tough. She also appreciates the importance of the team behind her who were so vital in preparing her yachts as well as supporting her efforts to achieve high performance and ultimate, success.  “I couldn’t have achieved any of this without them.”



"Dee is an inspiration to us all"

Achievements: Born in Hertfordshire in 1973. Now based in Southampton. Trained as a PE teacher. 2000: Motivated by watching the start of the BT Global Challenge Yacht Race to take up a career is sailing. 2003: Skippered a 65ft Formula I Sailing yacht in the UK and Caribbean. 2004/5: Skippered the 72ft Aviva in the Global Challenge Yacht Race. Won the BP Safety prize and Media Prize for best communications during the race. 2005/6: Sailed Aviva solo non-stop west/east around the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Voted YJA Yachtsman of the Year. Awarded MBE. 2007: Royal Variety Award for Sporting Courage BBC South Yachtswoman of the Year Awarded an honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University 2008/9: Finished 6th in the east/west Vendee Globe solo non-stop round the world race 2010/11: First women crew (with co-skipper Anna Corbella) to finish in the Barcelona World 2-man non-stop round the world race 2011: Appointed a Royal Navy Honorary Commander In recognition of her service to the sea and Britain's maritime heritage, Nominated for ISAF Global Sailor of the Year Award Led a female team in the 6500km Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge Patron for the charity Sail4Cancer Ambassador for Active Southampton promoting 30 minutes of exercise a day Ambassador for the BIMF/RYA Green Blue recycling Campaign Author: ‘Against the Flow: The inspiring story of a teacher turned record-making Yachtswoman Available in English, French, German and Italian. Available for: after-dinner events: Conference keynote talks; award ceremonies: sales events: product launches; business talks; sporting dinners.

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