The Maiden, a legendary yacht with an all-women crew, arrives at St. Roch Dock tomorrow.
On her new mission to raise awareness and funds for girls’ education around the globe, The Maiden left Hamble in the UK in November 2018. Four months on and slightly delayed after experiencing some severe weather, sailing around the tropical cyclone moving along the Western Australia coast and problems in the engine bay, arrived in Fremantle in the early hours of 31 March 2019 at her first stopover. Maiden continued on to Sydney, Auckland and then to Honolulu, on The Maiden Factor World Tour. Vancouver will be its seventh stopover.
A welcome ceremony will take place at 11 am. Arrive early to see the Canadian Navy support vessel escort The Maiden, along with a flotilla of boats. From 12-4 pm there will be an open day for Maiden, where members of the public can jump on board and meet the crew sailing her around the world.
The 58-foot racing yacht was built in 1979. Tracy Edwards bought it in 1987 to compete in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew. Edwards became the first female winner of the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
The Maiden was sold after the race. In 2017, Edwards found it abandoned in the Seychelles. She brought it back to England. After a major refit, it set off on a global tour to raise funds and awareness for girls’ education under the foundation ‘The Maiden Factor’.
Know more about The Maiden here.