The confidence game

Photo: Miquel Casanelles
Dee Caffari on the Barcelona World Race
At present with Alex Thomson convalescing after his 11th hour appendectomy, so Dee Caffari is currently the sole British competitor in the Barcelona World Race. Having come home sixth in the Vendee Globe, making her the first woman to have sailed solo non-stop around the world in both directions, Dee has now embarked her fourth circumnavigation and third non-stop, co-skippering Gaes Centros Auditivos with Spanish former Mini sailor Anna Corbella. Dee joined forces with Corbella and her sponsor GAES back in February. Corbella and her sponsor’s involvement in sailing is operated through the Fundacio per la Navegacio Oceanica de Barcelona (FNOB), organisers of the Barcelona World Race and who have been responsible for putting their sponsors together with eight of the 14 teams competing in the doublehanded non-stop round the world race. FNOB, via Corbella’s sponsor GAES, last year entered five Minis in the Transat 6.50 in which Corbella finished 15th in the 36 strong Proto fleet, top of the Spanish entries backed by the Spanish manufacturer of hearing aids. “She had a sponsor who wanted a female team and she was looking for a boat and someone with experience,” explains Dee of how her relationship with her co-skipper came about. Their preparations for the Barcelona World Race began in February when Corbella had her baptism of fire helping to deliver Caffari’s Owen-Clarke designed IMOCA 60 Aviva from the UK to Barcelona. As Dee recalls: “That was interesting – horrible weather, cold at the beginning of the year, jackets up to our eyes, speaking two different languages and she as on a boat she had no idea about – a big transition from a Mini - but we still had a laugh and enjoyed it and it was quite nice. I was in a position to say you drive and I’ll go and do