The Aviva Challenge – Sailing Record Attempt

The Aviva Challenge is an attempt by a 33-year-old woman from the UK to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Dee Caffari has actually nearly competed her journey which began 20-November-2005. She is just passing the Cape Verde Islands on her way back home north to the UK. Very soon she should cross her outgoing path from last December. You can read her diary entries on the Aviva Challenge web site. You can also see her current position and the path she has taken so far in Google Earth. Check out the global clouds and wind data for her current weather situation. After several months alone at sea, I can only imagine how difficult it must be passing so close to the Cape Verde islands. It must be tempting to stop and say “Hi”. The company sponsoring this trip is called Aviva and is an international savings, investments and insurance group who has sponsored other sailing adventures. Best of luck to Dee and fair winds for a fast journey home.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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