We’re over half way to Vancouver! It’s been such a surreal experience so far aboard Maiden. I am so excited to be on this journey and sailing into my home port of Vancouver.
Leaving Hawaii we were busy with tasks, getting used to the boat, and dealing with up to 2 meter swells while beating upwind in 25 knots at times. The last few days has given us a calmer sea state and lots of beautiful wildlife. I’ve seen pods of dolphins, a sea turtle, blue footed boobies, flying fish, and even a shark!
It didn’t all hit me until about day 3 or 4, when I looked out into the big blue ocean around me with no land in sight and thought “wow I’m really doing this”. It’s been my dream to sail across an ocean for as long as I can remember. I didn’t grow up by the sea but had always had an insane pull towards it and knew that I wanted to do this whole sailing thing. I had no idea where to start but moving closer to the ocean was a first step.
There were times when I was discouraged as I didn’t have any mentors or didn’t have a clear path. Though, over time, everything became clearer. What I have learned through all this is something that goes along well with Maiden’s motto. It’s what HM King Hussein I told Tracy Edwards as she pursued her dream of sailing in the Whitbread Round the World race with an all women’s team – anything is possible. I believe this is so true! Nothing in life is easy and you’ll have to work really hard for it (especially if it is something out of the ordinary) but anything is possible.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be sailing aboard this legendary yacht which has proved to the world that women are capable of anything they put their mind to. I have already learned so much from the extremely knowledgable female crew aboard Maiden and can’t wait what to see what the rest of this journey will bring. See you soon Vancouver!