Rolex Middle Sea Race
21 Oct 14
|Date of Birth||23 January 1973|
|Place of Birth||Watford, Hertfordshire, UK|
Dee Caffari has a thirst for adventure, relishes a challenge that pushes her to the limits and is no stranger to record breaking success. In 2011 she earned herself yet another place in the record books when she completed the Barcelona World Race.
Sailing the double-handed non-stop around the world race aboard the IMOCA60 GAES Centros Auditivos, Dee and co-skipper Anna Corbella were the first all-female team to enter the race. They finished in sixth place after 102 days at sea. This achievement makes Caffari the first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times.
Caffari's first circumnavigation was completed in 2005 after she skippered a team in the Global Challenge yacht race, a tenth month stop-over race with an amateur crew sailed against the prevailing winds and currents. Just four months after completing this race she set off again aboard the 72ft monohull Aviva, sailing the same route but this time on her own and without stopping. She returned 178 days later after a gruelling journey of extreme highs and lows, earning herself an MBE and a place in the record books as the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world west-about.
Caffari's next challenge was the 2008-9 Vendée Globe, this time sailing solo non-stop east-about on the IMOCA60 Aviva. Caffari finished an impressive sixth out of 30 competitors and became the first woman to sail solo in both directions non-stop around the world.
In 2011 she completed the hat-trick and also found time to finish second aboard the MOD70 Race for Water in the Rolex Fastnet Race, skipper Artemis Ocean Racing in the Round the Island Race, compete at Phuket Race Week and continue her work as an ambassador for the tri-service charity initiative Toe in the Water.
Dee Caffari is always looking for a challenge to push the boundaries ever further; she enjoys adventure racing and new experiences and is now planning her fourth solo circumnavigation in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe.
6 - Barcelona World Race sailing GAES Centros Auditivos with Corbella - 31 December 2010-May 2011
102 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes & 18 seconds
2 - 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race - crew aboard Race for Water, MOD70 - Aug 2011
A Rival 36 and I was a student at University sailing off the West coast of Scotland for a week.
I was made an honorary member of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club in 2006 when I returned from sailing around the world against the winds and currents. I am now patron for St Marys Junior Sailing Club in Gosport helping young people get involved in the sport.
The RORC qualifying races to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2001. I was the skipper of a Challenge 67 yacht.
I would like to race the Vendee Globe again and aim for a podium position or lead a female team in the Volvo Ocean Race. I would be great to put the girls back into this event.
My biggest inspiration is Sir Peter Blake. He was so successful in many of the disciplines of the sport and very driven. He was determined and focussed and not one to give up. I have also been very fortunate to have the guidance of Sir Chay Blyth at the beginning of my career that helped me to go on to acheive something I never thought possible, to follow in his footsteps as the only woman to circumnavigate the globe against the winds and currents.
Sir Peter Blake
All outdoor sports and fitness. I also enjoy reading and the cinema.
I look back on the previous winners in awe. There are some remarkable sailors named and so many others that have narrowly missed out. The sport is multi-discplined and there is so much activity in the sport, with some amazing achievements, taking place all over the world. To be nominated is a huge acheivement. To be considered alongside the other sailors who have achieved so much in their area of the sport is a great honour. To have the recognition from the overall governing body that does so much for all the discplines of the sport is a privilege. If I were to take the title, I would be lost for words and that does not happen very often. It would be a remarkable acknowledgement from my peers and a true testiment to the work of my team that are always behind everything I do and help me make it happen. I would feel very humbled at this most well known international recognition in my sport.