British woman first to go round the world thrice

April 13th, 2011 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 13 (IANS) A British woman has become the first female to sail non-stop around the world three times, a media report said Wednesday.

Dee Caffari, 38, finished the Barcelona World Race in sixth place Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.

The sailor from Hampshire, a former physical education teacher, spent nearly 103 days at sea in the 25,000-mile race along with her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella, 34, on board their 60-foot boat.

She completed the trip in 102 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds, according to the race organisers.

Caffari had already crossed the globe twice solo, and now once along with a partner.

“Sailing around the world just once in a lifetime is an amazing experience. To circumnavigate the planet non-stop for a third time and set another world record is an absolute privilege,” she said.

At the start of the race, 14 boats left Barcelona in December, with Caffari and Corbella the only all-women team taking part.

The race was won April 4 by the French duo of Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peryon in 93 days and 22 hours.

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