A big thank-you to everyone who journeyed to Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia tonight to attend Wendy Tuck and the Maiden crew speaking at ‘A Night With The Maiden Factor’!
Introduced by Rear Commodore Janey Treleaven, Wendy spoke about The Maiden Factor’s mission, the experiences gained by the crew so far, and then answered questions in an open Q&A.
The evening concluded with a surprise award-giving; Wendy Tuck and Matt Allen were both awarded the Ocean Racing Yachts Persons of the Year award earlier this year, but as Wendy was sailing on Maiden at the time she was unable to accept her award – so a ‘do-over’ was in order!
Inseparable after both enjoyed outstanding years on the water, Matt Allen and Wendy Tuck share the Ocean Racing Yachts Persons of the Year – Wendy the first female winner of the award. Matt won myriad events across the period including the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, IRC and ORCi at the Australian Championships and the 2018 Festival of Sails, and an overall win and a race record in the Brisbane to Gladstone. Wendy enjoyed a year to remember, claiming the 2018 Australian Female Sailor and Offshore Sailor of the Year awards, a Rolex World Sailor of the Year nomination and Honorary Membership of the CYCA after winning the 40,000-mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.