Dee Caffari into the fast lane

British solo sailors to sail an MOD70 for the Rolex Fastnet Race

Tuesday August 9th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The MOD70 Race for Water will be on the starting line of the Rolex Fastnet Race this Sunday, 14 August.

Stève Ravussin and his crew will be joined by the British female sailor Dee Caffari. This race will also mark the first encounter between the two first MOD70 trimarans, for it will be Roland Jourdain's first competitive outing on the MOD70 Veolia Environnement.

The Rolex Fastnet Race will only be the second official race for Ravussin's Race for Water, after her first (and victory!) in the AF Offshore Race (formerly the Gotland Runt) in early July.

Of the next race on the slate Ravussin comments: “This is a fantastic race and the racing format I like. It is a kind of fast marathon, almost a sprint race, that requires good tactics and navigation, and that gives some good adrenaline to your body! It will be special for our new class as well, as it will be a first official encounter between two MOD70s! I am really looking forward to competing against Veolia Environnement.”

Ravussin’s crew will comprise: Nico Pichelin (trimmer), Pascal Bidegorry (navigator), Jacques Guichard (in charge of the sails & trimmer), Sebastien Audigane (foredeck), and special guest, Dee Caffari.


Caffari of course was the first woman to sail singlehanded non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. She accepted the invitation of the Swiss skipper with enthusiasm and will be a fantastic support with a great experience of the local conditions.

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