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September 2006

Dee Caffari (GBR)

 Nomination
While Portsmouth was awaiting the Volvo fleet at the end of Leg 7, England’s latest rose was celebrating the finish of a 178-day solo voyage in her heavy steel 72-footer against the winds and currents, and in doing so becoming the first woman ever to complete a solo westabout circumnavigation under sail. Remember big genoas and metal spinnaker poles – Dee spent 178 long days wrestling with the lot of them…
 Why they won
‘Dee for prime minister!’ – Sir Chay Blyth captured the mood among our readers who voted massively this month in support of the first woman ever to complete a solo westabout circumnavigation under sail. ‘Voting for the first-timer rather than the third-timer’ – Alex Haworth; ‘Bravo, Dee’ – Sian Hankinson; ‘I would sail with her anywhere’ – Ron Corriveau; ‘Inspiring’ – Laura Townend’; ‘Go, Dee’ – Don Krafft; ‘She is so brave’ – Silvana Souto; ‘She makes me proud’ – Shorty; ‘Awesome sailor, beautiful woman!’ – Henri Frioud.