Princess Anne will congratulate Dee on her world-girdling success

Princess Anne will be the first to congratulate Dee Caffari, 33, on her world record as the first woman to sail non-stop round the world the ‘wrong way’ on Sunday.

Anne was the first person to welcome home Dee’s mentor, Sir Chay Blyth, when he became the first person to complete this voyage back in 1971. Thousands of people are expected to celebrate her homecoming which is scheduled to be 12.00 noon on Sunday.

Caffari’s record-breaking 29,100 mile voyage lasted 178 days, 3 hours, 6 minutes and 15 seconds.