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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Woman to try to sail solo around world against wind

Associated Press

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.