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Our keynote speaker Dee Caffari is not one to let challenges get in her way. As the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times, and competed in grueling sailing races around the world, Dee is a fighter and an inspiration to all. She pursues her dreams and goals with a passion and fire which has led to her being honored by the Queen and winning numerous medals. Dee Caffari is passionate and inspirational when she delivers keynotes.
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On three occasions, Yachtswoman Dee Caffari has sailed into the record books. In May 2006, Dee became the first woman to circumnavigate the world solo ‘the wrong way’ (against the prevailing winds and currents). Few would argue that it is an extraordinary achievement. Only four men have ever managed to finish this gruelling route before. In other words, more people have walked on the moon. In recognition of her first world record, Dee was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Not one to stay in her comfort zone, Dee announced that she wanted to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world in both directions. Dee faced a daunting task as she entered the highly competitive world of Open 60 racing. She was to compete against the best international sailors in a race held every four years ‘the right way’ around the world. After one of the most dramatic Vendée Globes ever known (2008/09) – it is not called ‘The Everest of the Seas’ for nothing – Dee crossed the finish line in February 2009 to international acclaim with a double world-first.
After completing the Barcelona World Race in April 2011 with her co-skipper Anna Corbella, Dee became the only woman on earth to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. Dee has time and again proven herself to be a yachtswoman of the highest calibre and many are amazed to learn that she only began her sailing career in 2000.
In 2012, Dee Caffari lead the only all female crew taking part in Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT). Established by Oman Sail, is the first international sailing regatta which joins together the nations of the Gulf to race competitively around the region.
In 2011 Dee was appointed by the Royal Navy as an Honorary Commander in recognition of her service to the sea and Britain’s maritime heritage as well as the charity ‘Toe in the Water’ which encourages injured service men and women to sail.
Dee’s keen interest in health and high performance stems from her roots as a teacher. A strong desire to face and overcome challenges has led Dee into adventures outside the world sailing too. One such challenge was leading a female team over 6500km of rugged terrain in the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge. The purpose of the trip was to raise money for cancer charities and Dee has since become the Patron for the charity Sail4Cancer. A love of the ocean and the British coastline has seen Dee become an Ambassador for the RYA Green Blue Campaign to help everyone reduce, re-use and recycle.
Dee is, without doubt, one of Britain’s most inspirational women. She is also an acclaimed international speaker. She tells her highly motivational story with great humour and insight. Her autobiography ‘Against the Flow’ is available in French, Italian and German.
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