Sixth place in the Vendée Globe four years after starting a career in solo sailing makes a few people look pretty average, we reckon! Dee is also now the only woman ever to have sailed singlehanded both ways around the world. Moving from a steel 72-footer to a fragile Imoca 60 was a big step, yet this very smart English sailor took it in her stride and also gave her boat’s designers Owen- Clarke something to smile about
Why they won
‘The most talented, determined, articulate and enthusiastic sailor and supporter of young people I have ever had the privilege to meet’ – Colin Lewis, commodore, Royal Southampton YC; ‘Where others gave up she persevered, and getting her shredded mainsail halfway around the world took great skill’ – Paul Hakes; ‘Fabulous job!’ – Alex Thomson; ‘Time to realise that ladies can sail!’ – Niklas Sunblad; ‘Amazing woman, amazing achievement’ – Geoff Holt.