International sailing star Dee Caffari is a motivational speaker and inspirational keynote speaker who invokes emotion in audiences and conveys valuable business lessons drawn from her rich experiences of adversity, teamwork and success.
Dee’s outlook is full of fun and her positive 'can-do' world-view is inspiring and powerful, and combines with her engaging, natural style to make her one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit.
On May 18th 2006, Dee sailed into the record books with an extraordinary feat. She became the first female to circumnavigate the world ‘the wrong way', battling prevailing currents and winds. She completed the task alone and without stopping for the entirety of the 29,100miles.
With determination and courage, Dee spent six months at sea, and the imagery she invokes when she relates her tales include magical descriptions of the wildlife, the conditions and the tough challenges she faced.
"Dee is a natural presenter and what comes over so strongly is her enthusiasm, excitement and her ability to articulate her story so well and to engage with an audience. No arrogance, a good sense of humour and great style."
A schoolteacher who harboured dreams of doing something special, Dee left the classroom for the sea to become a skipper and follow her heart. Rising fast to the top of a male-dominated profession, her leadership abilities and her skills for bringing out the very best in others became clear when she was picked to lead a team of amateurs - in the challenging Global Challenge Yacht Race in 2004.
Dee was the only female skipper, and the way she managed the crew through terrifying adversity was lauded. Praised for overseeing the largest ocean rescue in that area when one of her crew-members had to be airlifted off the yacht, she became the recipient of a coveted BP Safety Prize as well as a Media Prize in commendation of her ability to write with honesty and humour in the daily log.
Dee’s inspiration comes from her late father who taught her the power of self-belief, and who instilled her a love of nature, in particular the Ocean.
Breaking more records, Dee completed the Barcelona World Race, where she finished sixth place after 102 gruelling days at sea. Now the first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times, she next took on the Vendée Globe 2012.
Nominated for the coveted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award in 2011, Dee is one of the greatest sailors and most popular personalities on the corporate and after dinner speaking circuit.
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