Dee Caffari international sailing star, is a motivational speaker and inspirational keynote speaker of the highest calibre.
She offers a sense of fun and positive 'can-do' world-view. Her talks are entertaining, inspiring and powerful, and combined with her engaging, natural style, Dee is one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit.
Background and career
Dee sailed into the record books on 18 May 2006, by becoming the first woman to circumnavigate the world ‘the wrong way' against the prevailing winds and currents, solo, non-stop. It is an extraordinary achievement. Only four men have ever managed to finish this route before. Dee's courage, determination and motivation to complete the 29,100mile voyage that took her nearly six months to complete has inspired many. Her imaginative descriptions of the wildlife, the conditions and the tough challenges she faced won Dee many fans world-wide as they logged on to check her honest, and often very humorous, entries in her daily online diary onboard her yacht Aviva.
A former schoolteacher, Dee's life changed dramatically when she dared to follow her dream and her love of the sea and become a skipper. In less than five years, Dee had proven her skills and talents and risen to the top of a very male-dominated profession. Her ability to lead and bring out the very best in others became apparent when she was selected to lead a team of amateurs in the tough Global Challenge Yacht Race in 2004/5.
"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."
The only woman skipper in the race, Dee inspired her crew of 18 by handling the demanding and often frightening conditions of the Southern Ocean: during this leg of the race, Dee oversaw the largest ocean rescue in that area when one of her crew-members had to be airlifted off the yacht. Dee's leadership skills saved his life. Dee won a coveted BP Safety Prize as well as a Media Prize for her ability to write with refreshing candour and creativity in the daily log.
Dee knows the importance of having self-belief and facing your fears. And she knows how important inspirational mentors can be. For Dee, her late father remains one of the most significant figures in her life, not only for giving her a love of the ocean but also for instilling in her the confidence to take on Nature at her most frightening, and yet her most beautiful, alone at sea. (At one point in Dee's solo circumnavigation, the nearest people to her were Astronauts on the International Space Station.)
In 2011 Caffari earned herself another place in the record books when she completed the Barcelona World Race. Sailing the double-handed non-stop around the world race, Dee and her co-skipper finished in sixth place after 102 days at sea. This achievement elevates Caffari to the position of first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times.
Dee’s next goal is to compete in the Vendée Globe 2012 with the intention of securing a podium position and the search for a new title sponsor to support her ongoing sailing campaign continues. She has been nominated for the coveted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2011.
One of Britain's most inspirational women, Dee Caffari is a keynote speaker and inspirational speaker of the highest calibre.
- building confidence
- overcoming self-limitations
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