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Sailing: Caffari makes history
Dee Caffari has made sailing history by becoming the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world in both directions.
Caffari, finished sixth in the Vendee Globe competition held on Monday where she sailed over 27,000 miles in 99 days, one hour and 10 minutes.
Three years ago the British competitor sailed around the world in a westerly direction, against the prevailing winds and currents, taking 178 days.
Caffari was overjoyed with her sixth place finish: “If you’d said that in the beginning, I’d have laughed in your face.
“I had an awesome start, then I made a few mistakes tactically in the Atlantic and the intensity of the race in the South Atlantic was just phenomenal. I sort of said, ‘I’m not sure if I can do this’. I was OK in the south, and then I lost a bit of confidence in my first storm.”
Fellow Briton Sam Davies finished the race in fourth position in a time of 95 days, four hours and 39 minutes. She was just pipped to third place by Frenchman Guillemot who had time in hand after helping a stricken rival earlier on in the race.
The race was won by Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux and of the thirty yachts that entered the endurance race back in November just 11 look set to complete the course.
Natalie Cooper, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine