Against the Flow: The First Woman to Sail Solo the 'wrong Way' Around the World

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A&C Black, Feb 27, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 312 pages

'An incredibly moving and inspirational book' Boat Mart

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 sleep deprivation, 34 days of gales, 12 metre waves and cyclones. It is also about a woman who stepped outside her safe zone and dared to dream. Her courage resulted in a place in the history books alongside a handful of men, having achieved something truly extraordinary. 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. A new chapter for this paperback edition recounts Dee's experiences since her Record and her preparations for the Vendee Globe Race.

'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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THREE Saying Goodbye
FIVE Turbulent Times
SEVEN Our Little World
NINE Sir Chay Sets a Challenge
ELEVEN Going It Alone
THIRTEEN Welcome to Cape Horn
FOURTEEN The Loneliest Place in the World
SIXTEEN The Epiphany
EIGHTEEN Hot and Bothered
TWENTY Coming Home

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About the author (2009)

After an early career as a secondary school PE teacher, Dee Caffari realised that her destiny was on the water. She gave up her teaching job, completed a number of offshore races, and successfully skippered 18 amateur yachtsmen around the world in the Global Challenge Race. In the same 72ft yacht, Aviva, she completed her record-breaking circumnavigation, finishing in May 2006. She is now embarked on the Vendee Globe Race.

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