The Volvo Ocean Race gets underway in 10 days and will feature some of the world’s best and most experienced offshore sailors and among them are several women to be reckoned with. None more so than Dee. Here are the lessons learned from one of the best sailors to take the helm in this year’s 46,000-mile epic.
Offshore sailor Dee Caffari has an astonishingly badass résumé. She’s sailed around the world five times—twice solo and in each direction, including a 2006 voyage when she became the first woman to do it against the prevailing winds and currents. She is still the only woman to have sailed around the world non-stop three times.
Last year, she joined the all-women Team SCA during the 2016/17 Volvo Ocean Race. This month, she returns to the event as the only female skipper, and at the helm of a mixed-gender team, which will start the 46,000-nautical-mile competition on October 22 and won’t finish until June 2018. We hopped on board with Caffari a few weeks before the race to talk training, why Wet Wipes are her most important piece of gear, and what life cooped up on a 65-foot boat for nine months straight is like. Read more.