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Awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, Dee set a world record by becoming the first woman to complete this ‘wrong’ way round voyage in 2006. Dee went on to compete in the 2008/9 Vendée Globe – a race around the world, non-stop and alone, known within the sailing arena as the pinnacle solo offshore event, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 competitors.
In 2011 Dee successfully completed the Barcelona World Race with a Spanish co skipper, once again claiming 6th place and allowing Dee to become the only woman to have circumnavigated the globe non-stop three times.
More recently Dee completed her 5th race around the world as part of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. They were the first all-female team in over a decade and they finished 3rd in the in-port series and made history by claiming line honours into Lorient at the end of Leg 8 in May 2015. In addition to sailing around the world Dee holds the female crewed monohull Round Britain and Ireland speed record, set by Team SCA in August 2014.