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Dee Caffari MBE

Dee Caffari is best-known for being the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, non-stop both ways round! Unbelievably, she completed the task alone and without stopping for the entire 29,100 miles. Now a much-revered motivational and keynote speaker, Dee intertwines her experiences sailing with impactful themes such as teamwork, leadership and performance.


About Dee Caffari MBE

Dee Caffari is also the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times. Dee has sailed against prevailing winds, currents and was awarded an MBE for her achievements and dedication to her efforts. One of Britain’s most inspirational women, Dee’s warm delivery brings her story alive: the drama, the challenges and the lessons hard learnt during her world-record setting voyages circumnavigating the world.


Dee Caffari has proven herself to be a yachtswoman of the highest calibre and many are amazed to learn that she only began her sailing career in 2000.

In addition to being the first female to sail solo round the world in both directions, Dee added another title to her belt back in 2009 by claiming the overall crewed monohull Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record, which now stands at six days 11 hours 30 minutes and 53 seconds. Furthermore, she was the only woman skipper in the Global Challenge 2004/5 and the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18.

The issue of single-use plastics in our oceans and climate emergency has gained urgent momentum. Dee is now a prominent ocean advocate having seen the impact of our Oceans’ health first-hand at sea.

As well as her MBE, Dee became an Honorary Commander in the British Royal Navy in recognition of her service to the sea, Britain’s maritime heritage and her work for charity.


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"Dee was engaging, down to earth and warm hearted. Her presentation was extremely well received by our clients. Her description of the extraordinary challenges and her way of dealing with them was a lesson in perspective for us all."


"Dee is a wonderful presenter… truly inspiring! The audience was spellbound. I don't believe we have ever had so many people ask so many questions after a presentation, but Dee took it all in her stride and graciously answered each one with good humour and wit."


"Many thanks for the fantastic session last week at our global business council. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and everyone was completely inspired and energised by your open, honest and refreshing style and of course the critical lessons around teamwork, motivation and leadership that apply to everyone of us in our executive roles. A truly impressive and humbling presentation that went down a storm. Thanks again for a wonderful session.’"

Global Business Women Leaders Council

"Inspiring, motivating, engaging, clear.  Very powerful indeed.  Many people approached Dee both after the conference and at the evening event to congratulate her and to say how inspired they had been.  It exceeded our already high expectations. It delivered an impact that left people motivated and upbeat.  The ‘wow’ factor of the conference!"

Reckitt Benckiser

"‘It was such a pleasure to host Dee Caffari at Sky today, where she talked about the importance of gender balanced teams in delivering better results and greater innovation.  We loved hearing about her stories of her amazing ocean exploits - truly inspiring and what a wonderful advocate for gender balance.’"


"Dee’s presentation resonated strongly as she gave the highs and lows of her story – the emotional journey.  There were strong parallels with the business world that I could relate to – how I can overcome challenges, for example.  Her personality is warm, open, honest. The video was very powerful."

John Lewis

"Dee’s presentation is so relevant to today’s business environment. A fantastic lady!  A very down-to-earth pragmatic person who has overcome a huge personal challenge to achieve the impossible: her passion is tangible.  The Q&A session was particularly good."

Royal Bank of Scotland

"Dee's talk was funny, interesting, relevant and the audience were captivated. She was quite happy to do question/answers completely unprepared and she engaged the audience in her talk."

Mace Group

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