I AM...

Dee Caffari

I AM...

Dee Caffari

Inside the world of British sailor Dee Caffari

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Inside the world of British sailor Dee Caffari

  • I am going… to sail around the world and deliver a sustainability message with a super-cool, enthusiastic, young, mixed team. The energy from the team and the sailors as well around me makes it exciting, so I think our aim is to deliver both on and off the water.

  • I'm loving… living the dream by getting to lead the Turn The Tide On Plastic team in the Volvo Ocean Race. I feel like I'm still trying to catch up with everybody else, but we're definitely moving in the right direction. If anybody asks if you're ready, you never are – you always want more time. 

  • I'm reading… a lot of reading random fiction. I've got an e-reader that's loaded with lots of books and I'm just kind of enjoying the escapism of having that 10 minutes to turn off my brain before going to sleep. If I'm reading something that's very race-related and work-related, it's very hard to switch my brain off.

  • I'm watching… the weather, now I've got to start planning for the race. I'm not really taking time out to watch anything else! When you race, you use the weather to help yourself, but while we're training and planning and developing the team, it's about making the right decisions with the sails and the right aims for each day.

  • I'm eating… a healthy diet. It's all freeze-dry food for breakfast, lunch and dinner while we’re racing and then probably three snacks – a protein snack, an energy snack and then probably a chocolate snack because that's good for morale.

  • I'm wearing… a lot of sailing clothes. When you're offshore, one thing that doesn't change very often are the clothes you're wearing. It's not like when you're ashore and you're sleeping in a bed and having a shower and putting on clean clothes each day, so at the moment I'm wearing a lot of technical sailing kit.

  • I'm using… a lot of sunscreen. It's more about trying to look after yourself. You can stay out there, day in, day out, and we're going to be training out of Portugal. We're lucky because it's obviously warm and sunny, but it’s also a saltwater environment and you're out with the sun reflecting on the water, so it's quite intense sometimes. Wearing good sunglasses, sunscreen and lipsalve is really important.

  • I'm trying… to be a good leader. It's a new environment for me to be in with this kind of team and it's about having open and honest communication and being a leader who will listen, value the team's input and make them take ownership for their areas.

  • I'm excited for… the Volvo Ocean Race. I’m the only female skipper in the race, which carries a very important sustainability message – trying to get people to change their behaviour towards single-use plastics and being aware of the impact on the ocean's health. I’m also excited to give this opportunity to new, young sailors who don't usually get this step up into the professional league. Sixty per cent of my crew will be under 30 and to empower them is a really exciting place for me to be.

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