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Woman to try to sail solo around world against wind

10/20/2005

LONDON -- Dee Caffari will try to become the first woman to
sail solo around the world -- against the prevailing winds and
currents -- in next month's Aviva Challenge.

The 32-year-old former teacher from Britain will begin her
journey Nov. 20 from Portsmouth, England.

Caffari will sail a 72-foot yacht, with the circumnavigation
expected to take between 120 and 170 days. She competed in last
year's round-the-world Global Challenge race.

"I've got a pretty good idea of what to expect, having sailed
the same route last year with a crew of 18," Caffari said. "But
the real test is going to be facing these challenges completely by
myself."

Another British woman, Debra Searle, has announced plans to
attempt a journey similar to that of Caffari in 2006-07.

The world record for a nonstop solo circumnavigation against the
winds and currents is 122 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes 49 seconds by
Frenchman Jean Luc van den Heede.