Page last updated at 17:10 GMT, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:10 UK

Caffari's team make up lost time

Dee Caffari (left) and Sam Davies
Dee Caffari and Sam Davies both competed in the Vendee Globe

Yachtswoman Dee Caffari is making progress after falling three hours behind in her bid to beat the round Britain and Ireland monohull record.

Ms Caffari, 36, of Titchfield in Hampshire, is skippering Aviva with an all-female crew of five, including her Vendee Globe rival Sam Davies.

They set off on the 2,500 nautical mile trip from Portsmouth on Monday.

They are now on time to beat the current record - seven days and four hours - set by JP Chomette in May 2004.

Their Aviva Racing website showed the yacht was passing Aberdeen at 1730 BST on Wednesday.

Ms Caffari sailed into history in the Vendee Globe in February, crossing the line in sixth place after sailing more than 27,000 miles in 99 days, one hour and 10 minutes.

Record-breaking woman

She then became the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world in both directions.

The other members of the crew are fellow British sailors Miranda Merron, boat captain Alex Sizer and German sailor Isabelle Joschke.

Ms Caffari said: "Anything that could go wrong did go wrong this morning but the only way for us to go was up.

"As the day has gone on we have been ahead of the pace and are now in 20 knots heading in the right direction.

"We are expecting another three hours of wet and windy conditions before the wind shifts and it becomes a bit lighter.

"We had a really special treat today and the girls were very excited when RAF Nimrod appeared overhead to take some photos.

"Who would have thought we would get a fly past from the Topgun boys on this record attempt?"

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