I guess it was inevitable that they would try and persuade me to get on Maiden for a leg – or two! I was finally talked into it and got onto ‘Mum’s first born’ (as I call Maiden) to join legendary Skipper Wendy Tuck and the crew for the leg from Vancouver to Seattle.
Everyone on the Maiden had incredible responsibility with numerous positions. When racing with a team working in harmony, it is magical. Assisting with the jib takedowns and deploying the spinnaker required coordinated timing and precision team effort. The first time I went to the foredeck and performed this task was like wing walking on an airplane.
You are never too old to learn new skills. When I am near the ocean and feel the wind propel a sailboat forward, I feel free and peaceful.
Matilda (Tilly) Ajanko wrote this blog with 762 miles to go before reaching Vancouver. An accomplished sailor with over 50,000 offshore miles and over 50 races and regatta under her belt, Tilly worked on Maiden’s refit and sailed with Maiden until August 2019. Sailing and sailing long ocean passages have many challenges. Unlike most people think, it’s not always the things related to sailing that are the most challenging ones. Particularly for us full-time crew members, sailing is just a …
Visiting Maiden was an experience I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. Much like visiting a historical site it is hard not to think of all that has been accomplished on that 58ft boat.