There is nothing mixed about this duo >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Young girls across the UK, and far beyond these coasts, will testify as two of Britain’s most decorated women team up for the 2022 UK Double Handed Offshore season.

Driving a new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300, the duo will be involved in seven ocean races throughout the season, culminating in the grueling Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 1,805 nm.

One of the sport’s most accomplished offshore sailors, Caffari has a remarkable career spanning six rounds of the planet, three of them solo. A first solo round-the-world trip through thick and thin preceded the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race in doubles. The only woman to have circled the planet nonstop three times, she has twice completed the Volvo Ocean Race.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robertson joined Caffari, who got a taste of ocean sailing last year on the Sun Fast 3300 when she teamed up with Volvo Ocean Race sailor Henry Bomby as sport was teasing with the new mixed two-keelboat offshore event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The pair were rivals throughout last season’s doubles streak, with the highlight for Robertson being a second place finish in the grueling Rolex Fastnet Race. It was a result that fueled Robertson’s new love for offshore sailing…:

“The offshore doubles scene has grown tremendously here in the UK and although it’s relatively new to me the last two seasons have been some great races. I’m really looking forward to sailing with Dee in 2022, sailing with such an accomplished offshore athlete is very exciting.

Caffari and Robertson have sailed against each other over the years, but have never even sailed the same boat before, so with a full season of doubles racing on the schedule, Caffari is delighted to finally team up with Robertson…:

“Through our collective experience, we have a complementary skill set, so let’s really hope to have an advantage on the water. I know from competing against her last season that Shirley can sail fast, so I’m delighted we’re joining forces for the season ahead.

Robertson produced a video series in 2021 to document his experience, and it is suspected that a similar plan will be forthcoming.


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