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Round-world record for sailor Dee

Dee Caffari has become the only woman to have sailed around the world non-stop three times when she finished the Barcelona World Race.

The 38-year-old, from Titchfield, Hampshire, punched the air with delight as her boat finally crossed the line off Barcelona, Spain, in sixth place.

The former PE teacher has spent nearly 103 days at sea in the two-handed 25,000-mile race along with her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella, 34, on board their 60ft boat GAES Centros Auditivos.

Caffari has already successfully circumnavigated the globe twice solo, and now once double-handed.

In her final communication from sea she said she had done her hair in preparation for the arrival.

Caffari was met by a flotilla of small boats at the finish line in cloudy conditions and said her luck had held out the three times she has set sail around the globe.

Speaking shortly afterwards, she said: "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 completed the circumnavigation in 102 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds, according to the race organisers.

Speaking on her boat, Caffari said: "It's been a long time but it feels great to be finished. We were ready for the finish, for some fresh food and a hot shower.

Caffari said she was proud of her record but added she can achieve more: "I'm learning. I'm getting better at it and, believe it or not, there are a few more round the worlds in me, and I consider myself relatively sane."

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