The infamous Maiden in Agios Nikolaos Marina
The infamous woman-only crew Maiden is in Agios Nikolaos Marina!
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The Maiden passed in history when in 1990 came 2nd at the Whitbread Round the World Race, the now worldwide known as Volvo Ocean Race, in a time when the race was male-dominated since only five women out of 200 sailors had taken part in the previous race. Maiden and her 12 all-female crew finished second in her class, winning two out of six individual legs of the race, the best finish by a British boat for 17 years!
Images by Eric-Jan van Putten
That was not an easy task for Tracy Edwards. She remortgaged her house to buy the boat, and was helped and supported by King Hussein of Jordan. But that did not suffice, having taken out loans to buy the boat, Edwards sold her after the race. After changing many hands and onwerships the Maiden was abandoned in a marina in the Seychelles. The marina seized the boat and offered it to Edwards. Edwards was reunited with the boat, after a break of 27 years, and was shocked at her condition. With fundraising she managed to restore so as she could use her for fundraising to promote girls’ education under the banner “Maiden Rescue”. The Maiden returns in UK in 2017.
The new journey around the world of the Maiden began in September 2018 to raise awareness and fundraising for the education of girls for the “Maiden Factor Foundation”, a charity foundation set up by Edwards and King Houssein of jordan’s daughter, princess Haya. Her destination? Kerala, India!
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You can track Maiden’s voyage here:
(ID: MDLD3, Track: MMSI 232016680)
Learn more about The Maiden Factor Foundation, here: https://www.themaidenfactor.org/