Maiden, the famous ocean racing yacht has returned home to Southampton 27 years after it carried the first all-female crew around the world.
It seems like yesterday that Tracy Edwards and her 11 female crewmates sailed home in their boat Maiden after coming second in the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race. The truth is, however, it was in April 1990 that the boat returned intact.
Following restoration work in Southampton it will embark on a global campaign to promote girls’ education.
The Maiden adventure
The 58ft (17m) boat was sold shortly after the race and was recently found in disrepair in Mahé, Seychelles.
It arrived last week via cargo and was brought into Hamble in Hampshire. The yacht is expected to be lifted from the water to begin its refit later.
It is due to set off in August 2018 on “The Maiden Factor“, a global campaign to promote education for girls.
Discover more at www.themaidenfactor.org