Tracy Edwards had a vision that was set to change maritime and sporting history.
In what has been historically a male oriented sport, Tracy could not understand why a team of female yachtswomen had never competed in a round the world yacht race.
The dream of ‘Maiden’, an all-female crew was born, with months and months of trying to secure sponsorship, Tracy received knock back after knock back until a chance meeting with HM King Hussein I of Jordan, secured the future of this dream. With his support, the team was formed and the yacht Maiden took part in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race, taking the coveted second place against teams of men, the best result for a British boat in 17 years and remains unbeaten to this day.
Fast forward 27 years and news had emerged that after Tracy had sold Maiden, the yacht was decaying in a port in the Seychelles. The need to save and restore her had begun and on hearing of the plight of Maiden, HRH Princess Haya of Jordan the daughter of the late King Hussein decided to step in a pledge support for the rebirth and restoration of Maiden.
Following in the footsteps of her father HRH Princess Haya has set about redefining and celebrating the ethos of Maiden, working with Tracy Edwards and some of the original crew.
In 2018 the newly refurbished Maiden will set sail on a historic three year global tour, dropping anchor in all corners of the world.
This time a new young female crew will take over the running of Maiden changing members as they sail around the world. All with ONE mission of campaigning for and reminding the world the unjust facts that in today’s society over 130 Million girls worldwide are deprived of education.
Ironically, nearly 30 years since HM King Hussein I championed equality for women, HRH Princess Haya is in his memory shining a light on this injustice today.
By working with a number of small and medium sized, on the ground, solution focussed charities, ‘The Maiden Factor’ will embark on a fundraising and campaign journey around the world highlighting the need for equality in education on a global scale.
When Maiden set sail all those years ago, HM King Hussein had written a note to Tracy, which had scribbled on it; “With faith, honour and courage, anything is possible.” Tracy kept this note inside the boat on Maiden’s voyage.
In many ways the return to the seas of the iconic ‘Maiden’ is in memory of King Hussein I and will act as a vessel to highlight the issues for equality which seems ironically even more relevant today and that ultimately as Tracy Edwards and Maiden showed ‘Anything is Possible’.
For further details, visit www.themaidenfactor.org