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Other Sports - 26. April 2007.

Dee Caffari of Aviva Ocean Racing training onboard her Open 60 Aviva in the


Dee Caffari, not content with one record, now plans to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world in both directions. Her next campaign will see her move into the highly competitive world of Open 60 racing. The Aviva Ocean Racing campaign is planned to culminate with her entry into the 2008/9 Vendée Globe. This race, contested by ocean racing's elite, is regarded as one of the world's most gruelling sailing races.

Only seven months ago, in May 2006, 33 year old Caffari completed the Aviva Challenge, becoming the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents. In doing this, she proved herself to be a yachtswoman of the highest calibre - Dee now aims to prove that she can be fast, as well as tough.



The Aviva Ocean Racing campaign is planned to culminate with her entry into
the 2008/9 Vendee Globe. This race is contested by ocean racing's elite, is
regarded as one of the world's most gruelling sailing races. Caffari's
campaign will include a series of IMOCA (International Monohull Open Class
Association) Open 60 races throughout 2007/8 in preparation for her entry
into the 2008/9 Vendee Globe. The new purpose built race boat for the 2008
Vendee Globe entry is under construction.


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