Another world record for Dee in Barcelona

Dee Caffari celebrates her achievement
Dee Caffari celebrates her achievement

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FAREHAM-based sailor Dee Caffari has broken another world record after becoming the woman who has sailed non-stop round the world more than any other in history.

Dee and Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella onboard their yacht, GAES Centros Auditivos, crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race at 8.17am yesterday.

For Caffari, 38, from Titchfield, this marks her third race around the globe. Corbella also sets her own record as the first Spanish woman to circumnavigate the globe non-stop.

The only all female crew to participate in the Barcelona World Race finished in sixth place, from a starting fleet of 14.

Having spent 102 days at sea, the GAES girls were thrilled to see a flotilla of boats ready to welcome them off the Barcelona beach.

Dee said: ‘Sailing around the world just once in a lifetime is an amazing experience.

‘To circumnavigate the planet non-stop for a third time and set another world record is an absolute privilege.

‘Every time you go down to the Southern Ocean and expose yourself to the extremes of nature you test your luck and, fortunately, mine has held so far.

‘I am hoping that good fortune will continue as I am not finished with round the world sailing just yet.’

Caffari’s next goal is to compete in the Vendée Globe 2012 with the intention of securing a podium position.

She is now searching for a new sponsor to ensure she can compete in the race.

Dee added: ‘I am delighted for Anna who has achieved something very special onboard GAES Centros Auditivos.

‘To become the first Spanish woman to sail around the world non-stop will make her an inspiration to many others.

‘It has been an incredible opportunity for me to have achieved a world first and to have helped Anna accomplish her own record on our journey together.’

The race was not all plain sailing for the girls as three weeks ago they discovered damage to a main structural ringframe of the boat.

Although under race rules a technical stop was allowed, the pair were determined that they complete the race as a non-stop course and Dee fixed it onboard.