After becoming the first single-handed woman to sail non-stop around the world in both directions, Dee Caffari has just set a new monohull record for the Round Britain and Ireland course. With a completely female crew, including Samantha Davies, Miranda Merron and Alex Sizer, she completed the voyage in 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds, beating the outright monohull record set in May 2004 by Solune.
Dee Caffari, the skipper of Aviva: " The outright speed record was always our goal and I am ecstatic that we accomplished our aim. In sport, as in many areas of life, choosing the right team is vital to success and over the last six days, Aviva has had a strong, focussed team aboard pushing her every inch of the course. We have all given it 110% and clear communication has played a key part in this achievement. It has very much been a team effort and having the other three girls with me has been a blast."
Samantha Davies: " It was fantastic to be onboard Aviva for this record breaking trip. We pushed ourselves and the boat hard but it was definitely worth it to finish inside the record. I think I'm almost as exhausted after this trip as I was after the Vendée Globe - although that's probably as much from the constant chatting as the sailing!"