World renowned sailor, Dee Caffari MBE has been announced as an Ambassador to Youth Charity UKSA. Dee became the first woman to sail solo around the world the wrong way, non-stop in 2006.

Dee 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!”

Dee Caffari Celebrating her win at a yachting race

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.”

About Dee

Dee Caffari has sailed around the world six times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.

In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

Dee Caffari completing the 2009 Vendée Globe race

British Yachting Awards

Dee has been shortlisted in The British Yachting Awards 2018 for Pro Sailor of the Year. Combining for the first time the established and influential Yachts and Yachting Awards and Sailing Today Awards, The British Yachting Awards is a new event which draws on the very best boats, kit, sailors, achievements, destinations and events from the past year, placing the spotlight onto the finest of both the racing and cruising worlds.

A full list of nominees can be found here and voting is now open and will remain so until Friday 23rd November.

The winners will be announced in the January 2019 issue Yachts & Yachting and the February 2019 issue of Sailing Today, published on Friday 14 December and Friday 28 December respectively.