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From Whitianga, with Hope

A guest blog by Jonathan Kline We left in darkness and drove the steep and winding roads from Mercury Bay to Auckland this past Sunday to participate in the departure ceremonies for the Yacht Maiden, the recently refitted Whitbread Round the World boat, currently on a global tour, advocating girl’s education and welfare.  Maiden burst onto the world sailing stage almost 3 decades ago.  In 1989/90, 21-year old Tracy Edwards, assembled a group of women who were determined to compete

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Maiden and Auckland – a blog by Tracy Edwards MBE

Being back in Auckland with Maiden has been such an amazing experience.  I remember, as if it were yesterday, the night we crossed the finished line, first in our class, into Auckland Harbour in 1990, winning our second leg.  It was such an important leg for us, because even though we had won the leg before, so many has said it was a fluke, we needed to prove that we could win a short tactical leg as well as a

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Royal Akarna Yacht Club, Wakatere Boating Club, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron… it’s been busy!

The Maiden Factor had a great time at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club today. After a talk from Tracy Edwards MBE and current Maiden crew, attendees also had the chance to take part and ask questions in a Q&A. A big thank-you to Tony Rae, who did a great job as MC for the night. Tony is a New Zealand sailor who has competed in the Volvo Ocean Race six times and the America’s Cup seven times. He also sailed

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MAIDEN ARRIVES INTO THE VIADUCT HARBOUR

Maiden, on her new mission to raise awareness and funds for girls’ education around the globe, left Sydney on 25th April for the 1,275 miles to New Zealand with an unforgettable official welcome taking place this morning (Saturday 4th May) at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. On a foggy, windless morning Maiden met two legendary former Whitbread yachts, Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand out at sea and was escorted back into Viaduct Harbour. Children and teachers from the Auckland Girls

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