Dee Caffari, yachtswoman and motivational speaker, has completed the Barcelona World Race and set a new record. Dee has now elevated herself into the record books as the woman to have sailed non-stop around the planet more times than any other in history.
She was sailing with Anna Corbella, who has now become first Spanish woman to race non-stop around the world.
Together they crossed the BWR finish line in Barcelona at 8.17am on Wednesday in their Open 60 Gaes Centros Auditivos. The girls posted a sixth place from the 14 teams that started on New Year's Eve.
They took 102 days to complete the 28,000 mile eastabout course. This was three days more than Caffari took to finish the same course in the Vendee Globe on her own in 2009 and 76 fewer than she took for her first solo adventure, the westabout Aviva Challenge against prevailing winds and tides in 2005.
Her first race was as skipper of a BT Global Challenge boat in the 2004 race, since when she has spent almost two years racing round the world either against time or rival skippers.
“Each race is really different, and they’re all special in their own way,” said 38-year-old Caffari.
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