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Dee Caffari Joins The Ambassador Team

Awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, Dee set a world record by becoming the first woman to complete this ‘wrong’ way round voyage in 2006. Dee went on to compete in the 2008/9 Vendée Globe – a race around the world, non-stop and alone, known within the sailing arena as the pinnacle solo offshore event, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 competitors. 

In 2011 Dee successfully completed the Barcelona World Race with a Spanish co skipper, once again claiming 6th place and allowing Dee to become the only woman to have circumnavigated the globe non-stop three times. 

More recently Dee completed her 5th race around the world as part of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. They were the first all-female team in over a decade and they finished 3rd in the in-port series and made history by claiming line honours into Lorient at the end of Leg 8 in May 2015. In addition to sailing around the world Dee holds the female crewed monohull Round Britain and Ireland speed record, set by Team SCA in August 2014.

Having originally started out as a secondary school physical education teacher, Dee made the decision to change careers in 2000 as the desire for adventure, travel and experiencing new environments took hold. 
 
Dee’s sailing career has seen her rise through the ranks to become one of the most successful and recognised offshore sailors in a very short space of time who is now sought after to advise and skipper on sailing campaigns and initiatives worldwide.
Dee draws on both her solo experiences and those gained as the only female skipper in the Global Challenge 2004/5, where she emerged as a natural team leader on the crewed round the world race. Dealing with man management, conflict management and also the extreme highs and lows encountered with success and failure on a race lasting ten months was essential and provided Dee with the ideal springboard in her sailing career.
 
Dee was selected to be the skipper and advisor for the Oman Sail Women’s Programme which is a unique initiative created by Oman Sail that aims to break down barriers and encourage women to participate in the sport of sailing in an area of the world where this has previously been unheard of.
 
Dee has also been on the selection panel for the Artemis Offshore Academy - a UK training programme of excellence for British short-handed sailors, providing a structure to bring talented sailors up through the ranks and now continues to coach the alumni in a project hoping to achieve British success in a future Vendee Globe.
 
In recognition of her service to the sea and Britain's maritime heritage, Dee was appointed by the Royal Navy as an Honorary Commander in September 2011.
 
Dee sits on the Operations Committee for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This team advises on all matters to do with the disposition and operation of all the RNLI’s lifesaving assets (lifeboat, lifeguards and flood response team). It regularly reviews lifesaving coverage and recommends changes where appropriate. The Committee oversees the operational training of lifeboat crew and lifeguards and maintains an overview of both UK and Irish maritime SAR organisations.
 
Dee is a Patron for the charity Sail 4 Cancer and an ambassador for UKSA, a charity that helps children’s confidence, disadvantaged youngsters and provides professional training all in a maritime environment. 

  

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