World-renowned sailor, Dee Caffari MBE –  Ambassador to Youth Charity UKSA

Dee became the first woman to sail solo around the world the wrong way, non-stop in 2006.

Dee Caffari completing the 2009 Vendée Globe race

Following her circumnavigation in 2006, her sixth-place finish in the Vendée Globe in 2009 made her the first woman to sail solo and non-stop in both directions around the Globe. As a member of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014/15, Dee completed her 5th trip around the world last year with the all-female crew, an inspiration to all women around the world.

Also a UKSA graduate! 

Dee, a former P.E teacher, started her training at UKSA with a Watersports Instructor Training (WIT) course which led onto the Pro Crew & Skipper Training (PCST) course which is now equivalent to the Professional Yachtmaster qualification.

As a graduate of UKSA Dee is perfectly placed to understand and promote UKSA as an organisation that breaks down barriers and gives young people the hard and soft skills not just for the maritime industry but for wider employment.


She will use her elite sporting background and interests in youth sailing to work across all of the areas of UKSA’s work that she so passionately believes in.

Dee Caffari profile photo

On the announcement Dee, who trained at UKSA, commented; “It is a real pleasure to have been appointed an ambassador for UKSA. I am excited about sharing my values with the charity and helping them on their sea.change journey. UKSA uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to help young people develop themselves and this is something I strongly believe in. I am very happy to be lending my support to such a fantastic charity who helped start my journey all those years ago!”

Chief Executive Ben Willows commented; “We are thrilled to have Dee on-board supporting UKSA. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry will harness her character as the perfect role model to inspire all of our students.”