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Motoring and Melting – Maiden Update!

A blog post by Amalia Infante 17.23.519N, 104.00.899Boat speed 7.0 knotsTrue Wind Speed 4.6 knotsMotoring and melting… Last night and this the morning, we’ve had to get through some squalls associated with the tropical storm called Raymond. The storm is heading away, but we will probably see some offshore thunderstorms. During the morning, we did have some rain. We reefed, tacked, tacked, and tacked, un/reefed… then we had calm again, forcing us to motor for 2 nautical miles. A great

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A year on Maiden – a blog by Belinda Henry

One year has passed since the day I set sail on Maiden for our first leg of the world tour… Just before leaving on the world tour, we had a great brunch reception at The Royal Southern yacht club in Hamble, UK, with all our family and friends and local supporters. It was a typical wet and cold British day! That first day is one I will never forget. It was horrendous conditions, with 45kn headwinds and a medium sea state.

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Memories of Monterey and Santa Barbara

It took 50 hours of upwind sailing to get to Monterey, CA. As we rounded Point Conception – “the Cape Horn of the Pacific” – the wind conspired with the shape of the shore to remain right on our nose. As I hooked up the inner forestay one morning Neptune had a laugh and sent a wave over our bow which washed me back to the shrouds. Always stay clipped in, folks! I crawled back to the foredeck with soggy

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Danae’s first offshore experience!

Finally the day arrived to depart Seattle. I was excited to be going for my first offshore experience! After a moving speech by the skipper of the “Sail like a Girl” team, Jeanne Goussev, and songs from Voices Northwest Chorus (Snohomish County’s all women a cappella chorus) we were off! Motoring away in the bright sunshine with the Seattle Skyline behind us – beautiful! “Sail Like a Girl” and several other boats escorted us for a while then waved good bye. 

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