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One of Britain’s most inspirational women, Dee Caffari is an acclaimed international motivational speaker.
Without doubt one of Britain’s most inspirational women, Dee Caffari has proven herself as a yachtswoman of the highest calibre despite only starting her sailing career in 2000, and she has sailed her way into the record books no less than three times:
In May 2006, Dee became the first woman to circumnavigate the world solo ‘the wrong way’ – that is, against the prevailing winds and currents. For this extraordinary achievement, which only four men have ever accomplished, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Seeking new challenges after this, she then decided to become the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world in both directions. Accordingly, she entered the highly competitive world of Open 60 racing. She was to compete against some of the world’s best solo sailors in one of the most challenging races ever, the Vendée Globe – dubbed ‘The Everest of the Seas.’ After one of the most dramatic Vendée Globes ever, Dee crossed the finish line in February 2009 and won international acclaim with her double-first record.
Upon completing the Barcelona World Race in April 2011 with her co-skipper Anna Corbella, Dee became the only woman in the world to have sailed non-stop around the world three times.
Dee has also led an all-female crew in Sailing Arabia – The Tour, the first international sailing regatta to join together the nations of the Gulf in a race; and in 2014, as part of the international all-woman Team SCA, Dee secured the Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record for an all-female crewed mono-hull – 4 days, 21 hours, and 39 seconds. Recently, Team SCA competed in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 as the only all-female team participating, and in Leg 8 they became the first all-female team to achieve line honours, crossing the line first.
In 2011, the Royal Navy appointed Dee as an Honorary Commander in recognition of her service to the sea and Britain’s maritime heritage, as well as her work for the charity ‘Toe in the Water’ which encourages injured service men and women to sail.
Her strong desire to face and overcome challenges has led Dee to adventures on land as well, including leading an all-female team trekking, running, cycling, and kayaking over 6500 km of rugged terrain in the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge.
Dee is well-liked as an engaging, inspiring and down-to-earth speaker with a pragmatic can-do approach to life and challenges. She drives home messages of resilience, courage, and teamwork with great wit and insight.
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