Dee to be first woman to sail solo around world both ways?
Record-breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari made a special trip to
London to receive her MBE from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Caffari, accompanied by her mother Barbara and sister Jane, was taking a
break from her preparations for her forthcoming transatlantic race to
attend the ceremony. Caffari was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s
list earlier this year in recognition of her services to sailing after her
record-breaking round the world voyage last year. In May 2006, after 178
days at sea, Caffari became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around
the world, against the prevailing winds and currents, and in doing so
joined an elite group of just five sailors to ever achieve this feat.
Caffari is currently preparing for her next sailing race, the Transat
Jacques Vabre, which begins in France on 3 November. The race, from Le
Havre to Bahia in Brazil, is part of Caffari’s Aviva Ocean Racing campaign.
Since completing her 2006 record making non-stop solo sail against the
prevailing winds and currents, Caffari has had her sights set on a new
world record. Her goal is to become the first woman to sail non-stop solo
around the world in both directions, by competing in the 2008/09 Vendee
Globe. For more see www.avivaoceanracing.com