Dee Caffari nominated as world’s top female sailor

WORLD BEATER Dee Caffari in action on the water
WORLD BEATER Dee Caffari in action on the water

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RECORD-breaking sailor Dee Caffari has been nominated as the female world sailor of the year.

The nominees for the coveted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards have been announced and Dee joins three other female sailors from around the world.

The International Sailing Federation receives nominations for sailors representing all aspects of the sport and take into account achievements in the last year.

Ms Caffari said: ‘It’s an honour to receive this recognition from your peers in the sport and I’m delighted to be associated with such an impressive line-up of sailors.

‘I’ve worked incredibly hard over the last six years and although I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved so far, I’m always looking ahead to the next challenge.

‘It’s fantastic for offshore sailing to be recognised alongside other disciplines within the sport.’

Ms Caffari was recently appointed as an honorary commander by the Royal Navy.

Meanwhile, she is trying to find a sponsor to enable her to compete in the Vendee Globe 2012

She added: ‘I feel so proud to be receiving recognition for my achievements – first the naval honour and now the ISAF nomination – it is just amazing.

‘I hope that it will help my chances of gaining sponsorship so that I can continue my sailing career by taking part in the Vendee Globe next year.’

Earlier this year, the 38-year-old from Titchfield earned herself yet another place in the record books when she completed the Barcelona World Race alongside Spanish sailor Anna Corbella.

She is now the first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times.

The awards take place in Puerto Rico on November 8.