Around the ragged rocks

Dee Caffari and the Aviva crew tell us about setting the new outright round Britain and Ireland receord
With thedailysail resident at one end of the phone and at the other Dee Caffari, Sam Davies, Miranda Merron and Alex Sizer huddled around a conference phone in the Aviva Ocean Racing office on the south coast, I have this image of Charlie’s Angels reporting in to their never seen boss, Charlie. Which perhaps I should keep to myself. But in the case of Dee and her Aviva crew it has less been a case of high kicks and kung fu, and more kicking male butt. For not only over the course of the last week have they merely nailed Sam Davies’ previous women’s monohull record of 10 days 16 hours and 7 minutes for sailing non-stop around Britain and Ireland, they have stripped 17 hours 16 minutes from the outright men’s record, previously held by Jean-Philippe Chomette and the crew of the Nacira 60 Solune, set back in May 2004 (read about that here). Starting and finishing off Ventnor on the south side of the Isle of Wight, the new outright monohull record time, set by their Owen-Clarke designed Open 60 Aviva for this 1800 or so mile course, now stands at 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds. Spurred on by their capable media team, so the angels (woops!) have been part of a significant media whirl since they arrived back into Portsmouth’s GunWharf Quay, welcomed ashore by a large crowd and they didn’t sound too hungover when we caught up with them this morning. “We have been pretty impressed by the way it got taken on board by the media,” Dee opens the batting. “It was a bit of a surprise the volume of people that were there but it was a glorious day and it was nice to have people interested.” Originally they were supposed to