British sailor; skippered the first all-female crew to sail around the world when Maiden raced in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

She became the first woman, in its 34 year history, to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded an MBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Jordanian Airforce Wings by HM King Hussein I.

In 1998 Tracy skippered the first all-female crew to attempt the non-stop round the world record breaking numerous world records and subsequently created and managed the first ever fully mixed gender professional racing team, Maiden 2.

Tracy retired from competitive sailing in 1999 when she had her daughter Mackenna.


Author and motivational speaker.

In 2008 Tracy worked for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) as Project Manager for the inaugural International Youth Advisory Congress and was consequently worked on the 2009 revision of the UNCRC.

In 2012 she graduated from Roehampton University with an upper 2:1 in Psychology

In 2013, Edwards discovered that Maiden was abandoned in poor condition in a marina in the Indian Ocean.

She launched a successful public bid for funding to save the ship, with the intention of completely restoring her to her former glory and then utilising her to raise funds for the education of girls currently denied that human right.

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