First Woman to Sail Around the World Three Times: Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari, 38, a PE teacher from Titchfield, Hampshire, punched the air in delight as she crossed the line off Barcelona after 102 days at sea - setting the world record for theDee Caffari first woman to sail around the world three times First woman to sail round the world non-stop three times.

  The Guinness world record holder for the first female to sail around the world westbound, non-stop, solo and unsupported is Dee Caffari (UK) in Aviva a 22-m (72-ft) monohull, who took 178 days 3 hr 5 min 34 sec to sail back to her start point in Portsmouth, UK.

  Guinness World Records also recognized The highest speed reached under sail by a woman on water: 41.25 knots (76.39 km/h or 47.47 mph) by Karin Yaggi (Switzerland).

  She and her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella, 34, came sixth in the 25,000-mile Barcelona World Race on their 60ft yacht GAES Centros Auditivos. Caffari, from Titchfield, Hampshire, has already circumnavigated the globe twice solo, and now once double-handed.

  She said as she arrived: "Sailing around the world just once in a lifetime is an amazing experience. To set another world record is an absolute privilege.

  "It's been a long time but it feels great to be finished. We were ready for the finish, for some fresh food and a hot shower." She confessed to having done her hair in preparation for the arrival.

  Caffari said she could achieve more: "I'm learning. I'm getting better at it and, believe it or not, there are a few more round the worlds in me, and I consider myself relatively sane."

  Fellow Briton Dame Ellen MacArthur has also completed two non-stop circumnavigations. But Caffari is still the only woman to have sailed solo and non-stop around the world both with and against prevailing winds and currents.


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