Even though British racer Dee Caffari did not win the Vendee Globe Race and finished as the second women finisher behind fourth place finisher Samantha Davies, Caffari did manage to grab a world record when she finished sixth today. She is the only woman to have circumnavigated going both eastward and westward around the globe.
From the press release: British yachtswoman Dee Caffari, 36, onboard Aviva celebrates as she sets a new world record as the first woman to have successfully completed a solo, non-stop circumnavigation both ways around the world. She managed to
complete the voyage even after sail delamination caused two huge holes in her main sail. The jubilant solo skipper and former PE teacher crossed the Vendee Globe finish line after 98 days at sea.
She has been sponsored by the world’s fifth largest insurance group Aviva since her first world record voyage in 2005/06. She started her current race, the Vendee Globe on 9 November 2008 from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The Vendee Globe, often known as the ‘Everest of the Seas’, is an extreme 27,000-mile challenge through the Atlantic and the notorious Southern Ocean. For further Aviva and Dee Caffari images please visit here.