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Meet Tracy Edwards

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Published 00:00 on 21 May 2019

On Sunday 2nd June you are invited to a Q & A with international yachtswoman Tracy Edwards and some of the crew from Maiden.

Maiden gained acclaim as the first yacht to be sailed around the world by an all-female crew when they raced in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. Tracy, then a 23 year old sea cook, with no boat, no crew and no sponsorship raised over £1 million, rebuilt a yacht and recruited 11 crew members who went on to compete in a nine month, 32,000 mile voyage around the world. They won two legs of the Whitbread and come second overall in class - and changed the playing field for women in sailing.

Maiden and her new all female crew, are on a new mission to empower women and girls, and raise money and awareness for girls' education.

If you'd like to attend the Sunday 2nd June evening, please make a $10 online donation to support the Educate a Girl programme.

Donate to the Maiden Factor Foundation

Meet Tracy Edwards
Sunday 2nd June 2019
6pm-8pm
Wakatere Boating Club

No booking needed.

Members of other Auckland sailing clubs, Devonport locals, family & friends are welcome.

More about the Educate a Girl programme


Club member Chloe Salthouse was on the water to welcome Maiden into Auckland. Here is her report -

A Day Experience to see Maiden on Steinlager Two

On Saturday fourth of May I was lucky enough to be aboard Steinlager Two along with thirty other girls from all around Auckland yacht clubs to welcome Maiden from her six day voyage from Sydney.

Steinlager and Lion Two all greeted Maiden just out of the Viaduct Harbour where there was hardly a breath of wind and it was thick with fog as we motored alongside with our fog horns blasting. We were led by the girls from Auckland Girls Grammar School in singing Te Aroha across the boats. It was an eerie feeling and so worth being there to spend some time with the all boats out on the water. There were lots of camera crews and media RIBs so we were all encouraged to have our say on camera.

This experience to see Maiden and meet the crew was very inspiring as I got to see my old Opti coach Alison Kent and all the girls aboard Maiden as they themselves embarked on their own adventures of promoting The Maiden Factor and its goal of inspiring the next generation of women through education. Also seeing so many other girls my age who are becoming the future of sailing - it was so neat to see all the pathways where sailing can take you. Being able to go on Steinlager and see where Sir Peter Blake sailed around the world in the Whitbread, just like Maiden did in the same year, was quiet special. Big thanks to Yachting New Zealand and the NZ Sailing Trust for organising this event.

by Chloe Salthouse 2019






Last updated 03:25 on 17 September 2019

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