Round-world record for sailor Dee Caffari

British sailor Dee Caffari became the only woman to have sailed around the world non-stop three times when she finished the Barcelona World Race today.









The 38-year-old, from Titchfield, Hampshire, punched the air with delight as her boat finally crossed the line off Barcelona, Spain, in sixth place.



The former PE teacher has spent nearly 103 days at sea in the two-handed 25,000-mile race along with her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella, 34, on board their 60ft boat GAES Centros Auditivos.



Caffari has already successfully circumnavigated the globe twice solo, and now once double-handed.



In her final communication from sea she said she had done her hair in preparation for the arrival.









Caffari was met by a flotilla of small boats at the finish line in cloudy conditions and said her luck had held out the three times she has set sail around the globe.



Speaking shortly afterwards, she 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."



She completed the circumnavigation in 102 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds, according to the race organisers.







The achievement puts Caffari in the same league as some of the female greats of offshore sailing, including Dame Ellen MacArthur, who has completed two non-stop circumnavigations.



The yachtswoman is also still the only woman to have sailed solo and non-stop around the world both with and against the prevailing winds and currents.



Sailing expert Andi Robertson, from Yachts and Yachting Magazine, said: "It's a great achievement for Dee to become the only woman to have sailed around the world non-stop three times. It shows just how much determination she has."



Originally, 14 boats in a top-class fleet left Barcelona at the end of December, with Caffari and Corbella the only all-female team taking part.



Four crews were forced to retire during the competition, which took the boats around the three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and the infamous Horn.



The race was won on April 4 by French duo Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peryon on board Virbac-Paprec 3 in 93 days and 22 hours.



Although Caffari and Corbella have achieved the finish non-stop, the rules of the race do allow the yachts to stop and several, including the winner, did so.







Speaking on her boat, Caffari said: "It's been a long time but it feels great to be finished. We were ready for the finish, for some fresh food and a hot shower.



"Finishing with this reception in Barcelona so early in the morning is great."



Caffari said she was proud of her record but added she can achieve more.



"I'm learning. I'm getting better at it and, believe it or not, there are a few more round the worlds in me, and I consider myself relatively sane."







Caffari draped a Union flag around herself as she entered port to a warm welcome from hundreds of onlookers.



She and Corbella then showered each other with champagne before they were presented with their trophies for finishing.







Caffari said she is due to fly back to Britain tomorrow.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Rooney Mara plays a white Tiger Lily in forthcoming film Pan
filmFirst look at Rooney Mara in Pan
Life and Style
health

Do you qualify – and how do you get it?

News
Food blogger and Guardian writer Jack Monroe with her young son
people
News
i100
News
Privately schooled, Oxford educated and a former editor of arguably the world's poshest magazine 'The Lady', it's perhaps unsurprising that Rachel Johnson rarely mixes with ordinary Proles.
people

The Mayor of London's sister, Rachel Johnson, apologises for shocking tweet about the PM

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital