Record breaking round the world yachtswoman Dee Caffari is skippering Aviva in the RORC Rolex Fastnet race
Dee is competing with her weather routing tactician and trainer Mike Broughton. Broughton has a distinguished track record in this biannual race, having participated on thirteen occasions. Joining Mike and Dee on board will be four-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Matthew Pinsent. The former Olympic oarsman is filming the race as one of the non participative journalists reporting on this year's race.
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.