Against the Flow: The Inspiring Story of a Teacher Turned Record-Breaking Yachtswoman

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WITH A FOREWORD BY JAMES CRACKNELL

In 2006, Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail solo round the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Her story is an adventure in the true sense of the word. It is about physical hardship in terrible conditions, overcoming solitude, sleep deprivation, the worry of crucial equipment failing, 34 days of gales, 12 metre waves,
cyclones and a lightning strike. It is also about a woman who stepped ...

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Overview

WITH A FOREWORD BY JAMES CRACKNELL

In 2006, Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail solo round the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Her story is an adventure in the true sense of the word. It is about physical hardship in terrible conditions, overcoming solitude, sleep deprivation, the worry of crucial equipment failing, 34 days of gales, 12 metre waves,
cyclones and a lightning strike. It is also about a woman who stepped outside her safe zone, gave up a good job and financial security, all because she wanted to sail. She dared to dream, and her courage resulted in a place in the history books alongside a handful of men.

More people have walked on the moon than have successfully completed a westabout circumnavigation, and in this inspirational book Dee shares the story of her journey from beginner to record breaker.

'I
feel I have been preparing for this my whole life. This is my dream. To be the first woman to sail the globe single-handed, westabout. It's twice as long and twice as hard. We can do more than we think we can.
We just have to dare to dream.'
Dee Caffari

'Dee has inspired the imagination of a worldwide audience. She has joined only four men who have achieved this feat. Other women may follow, but she will always remain the first.'
Sir Chay Blyth

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dee Caffari engages with the reader so her experiences become your experiences. It's an absorbing narrative with pace and energy with a simple message: the ordinary can change and become exceptional."—Sailing Today
 

"This is a truly inspiring book that follows the highs, and inevitable lows, of Dee's journey, before detailing what she has been up to sincer her records."—Boat Mart
 

"This is a good read with daring to aplenty but also with an accessible and very human heroine who, just maybe, given the opportunity, we could see ourselves trying to emulate."—Lifeboat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713685336
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

After an early career as a secondary school PE teacher, Dee Caffari realised that her destiny was a life on the water. She gave up her job and worked with Mike Golding Yacht Racing, completing a number of offshore races. During the 2004/5 Global Challenge Race, Dee successfully skippered 18 amateur yachtsmen around the world and in the same 72ft yacht, Aviva, she completed her record-breaking circumnavigation, finishing on 18 May 2006.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Patrick Snowball     vii
Preface   James Cracknell   Sir Chay Blyth     viii
A Voyage of Extremes     1
Dreams and Ambitions     4
Saying Goodbye     12
Finding My Bearings     19
Turbulent Times     31
In It Together     39
Our Little World     47
What a Result     52
Sir Chay Sets a Challenge     61
Ready to Go Again     68
Going It Alone     79
Crossed Wires     89
Welcome to Cape Horn     98
The Loneliest Place in the World     107
Sick With Exhaustion     116
The Epiphany     127
Goodbye to the South     137
Hot and Bothered     144
Stop and Go     152
Coming Home     159
Epilogue     165
Aviva's route around the world     168
Aviva Challenge 72ft Class Yacht     170
Aviva's design and modifications: Andrew Roberts, Aviva Challenge Project Director     173
The Aviva Challenge technical support: Alistair Hackett, Aviva Challenge Logistics Director     176
Technical specification ofAviva     178
Acknowledgements and Photo Credits     181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Inspiring and moving story of a courageous sailor

    Dee Caffari's story of courage and resilience during her round the world solo yacht voyage against prevailing winds and currents is excellent. Her account is very honest and shows how quickly it was possible to move quickly from calm to life-threateningly dangerous. It is very well written and is entertaining, moving and inspiring in equal measure. Highly recommended.

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