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Posts Tagged ‘Dee Caffari’

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Dee Caffari is quite possibly the hardest woman in the history of sailing.  We don’t need to list her accomplishments here, other than to tell you she was the first – and only – woman to solo circumnavigate in both directions, including an Eastabout trip in a monster steel boat.

Dee’s new challenge may be her toughest yet, and we salute the folks at the Volvo Ocean Race for signing her up for Boat 6 – an environmental and education platform that’s more about PR and outreach than it is about assembling a world-beating team.  That’s not to say she has no chance; with a free hand as skipper and without the big-sponsor politics that came along with Team SCA, Dee may finally be able to show what her project management and teaching skills can do.

But it won’t be easy, and at this late date, it might be a shit show.  No matter: She’s the consummate seaman (seaperson?) and her inclusion in the race means the pro-youth, pro-environmental message will have a hell of a communicator to deliver it.  Listen to The Sailing Show podcast for 22 solid minutes with Dee about the upcoming Team Dee, and as always, hit the VOR forum for the latest chatter.

June 24th, 2017 by admin

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With Twin Peaks (one of the ultimate cult favorite TV shows) set to return this spring after something like a 50-year hiatus, our brains were already tuned to the word “Peak”.  Fortunate that a sailing documentary popped up the other day with just one more peak…and a great cast of its own.

Dee Caffari stars as the celebrity with a target on her back in the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race – an event that includes both crewed racing and back country runs up some of the UK’s biggest peaks.  Enjoy this rare gem of a sailing documentary that looks good, tells a great story, and helps us get to know the characters in a quirky place and a quirky race.  Sign up for the 2017 event here.

January 11th, 2017 by admin

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Clean Report

The last time the supremely badass RTW’er Dee Caffari and I shared an on-screen moment was during the 2012 Vendee Globe, when we sat in a TV studio together for about six hours commentating on the start of the race.  I fell in love with her incisive wit, open nature, and vast knowledge then, and knowing how much she longed for the sea when we were sat in our booth, it’s great to see her joining Team SCA for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race.  I grabbed Dee yesterday on the satellite camera for 17 minutes of open discussion about her training for the leg, the dynamics aboard the boat, what it’s like to come through the same spot she has multiple times – but with a crew this time – and most importantly to their fans, just where the girls are bleeding miles and where they’re strong.  Worth a listen for any fan of ocean racing, and required for anyone already as absorbed with the one-design VOR as we are.

 

November 24th, 2014 by admin

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It’s the rare mainstream interview that gets deep into what sailing is all about, and this CBC piece does exactly that.  It’s a nearly-hour-long conversation about the Deep South between the presenter and a diverse group of folks, including RTW racers Dee Caffari and Derek Hatfield as well as solo circumnavicruiser Glenn Wakefield and Vendee Globe historian and author Derek Lundy (<a href=”http://www.dereklundy.com/Godforsaken_Sea.html”>The Godforsaken Sea</a>).

Thanks to SA’er ‘QBF’ for the tip.

August 4th, 2014 by admin

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