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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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A very special blessing for Maiden before departure.

There were two types of leis presented to the crew. The Haku leis are worn on the head and are made with tea leaves, for protection. The second leis were placed around the neck, and are made with orchids (often given to visitors to Hawaii and also given as a thank you). And it wasn’t just the crew who received leis: Maiden also was given a Haku lei, which was placed on the bow. It was a moving sight as

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