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.