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date: 27 January 2023

Caffari, Denise, (Dee) free

Caffari, Denise, (Dee) free

MBE 2007

Born 23 Jan. 1973; d of late Peter Caffari and Barbara Caffari; partner, Harry Spedding

professional sailor; Managing Director, Dee Caffari Ltd, since 2006


St Clement Danes Sch., Chorleywood; Leeds Metropolitan Univ. (BA Hons Sport Sci. 1994; PGCE Sec. Educn 1995)


PE teacher, secondary sch.; Manager, Sports Coll. First woman to sail single-handed non-stop around the world in both directions (west around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, 2005–06 and eastwards, 2008–09); monohull speed record, Round Britain and Ireland Race, 2009; first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times on completion of the Barcelona World Race, 2011; skipper, Turn the Tide on Plastic, Volvo Ocean Race, 2017–18; winner: Oaxaca, California Offshore Race Week and the Transpac Race, 2019; SYZ Translémanique en Solitaire, 2019. Mem., Ops Cttee, RNLI, 2015–. Mem., Inst. of Navigation. Mem. Adv. Bd, A Plastic Planet, 2018–; Chair, World Sailing Trust, 2018–. Hon. Comdr, RNR, 2011–19. Hon. Dr Sport Sci. Leeds Metropolitan, 2006. Patron: St Mary’s Jun. Sailing Club, 2007–; Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, 2011–15. Ambassador for tri-service initiative, Toe in the Water. Contrib., Yachting World, 2016–


Against the Flow, 2007


outdoor activities, fitness, travel, reading, theatre


Dee Caffari Ltd, 4 Talisman Business Centre, Duncan Road, Park Gate, Southampton, Hants SO31 7GA


Royal Southampton Yacht, Royal Southern Yacht