RECORD-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari has officially become a patron for the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs).
Dee, from Titchfield, said: ‘It is an honour to become the patron at Gafirs.
‘The work these volunteers do is truly amazing and it feels extra special to support such an important service that exists right on my doorstep.’
Gafirs has been carrying out rescue and safety services to the seafaring communities of Gosport and Fareham since the late 1960s when it was based in a deckchair hut in Stokes Bay.
Now, it is a declared rescue facility to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and on 24-hour pager call-out.
Peter Brown, Gafirs’ chairman, added: ‘It is absolutely fabulous that Dee has agreed to become our patron.
‘Dee has dared to dream and repeatedly, against all the odds, has shown that perseverance, dedication, training and self-belief can deliver outstanding sailing successes.
‘Dee will undoubtedly be a true inspiration to all our young cadets, lifeguards and lifeboat crews as they strive to save lives at sea.’