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Maiden draws close to Hawaii! The last collection of updates from Sharon Ferris-Choat

S1’00.987W156’08.668 Boat speed 9.4 knotsWind speed 14.5 knotsWind direction 118′Waves 2m (side on) Distance to the equator 61.4nmDistance to Honolulu 1335nm What a night – it was epic on Maiden! Imagine it is completely dark, I mean dark outside. You cannot see more than 3 feet in front of you. There is a storm outside that is side onto you and is changing in strength all the time. Also, on this country road, your van has no headlights, no brakes

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Birthdays, black clouds and birds! A collection of updates from Sharon Ferris-Choat onboard Maiden.

S23’52.041W165’49.941 Wind direction 095Boat speed 8.5 knotsTrue wind speed 12.9 knotsTime 9:37am NZ time What a beautiful day! The wind came in from the East 80 miles sooner than expected. It got up to a solid 20 knots last night. This made for fantastic reaching conditions with a full moon and flat water. We are now in our reaching mould; if we can keep this speed we have less of a chance of running out of wind again. But- the weather

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ONE WEEK – life aboard Maiden. A blog post from Sharon Ferris-Choat.

For me I am happy how we prepared for a 30 knots cloud that came through after the moon went down and it became pretty black just before dawn. It made the wind decrease for a while and we were talking about taking the reef out, but we read the cloud height and colour well and were rewarded in some fast sailing in the right direction. With everyone in position trimming their sails, we felt like a race boat!

Blog Post by Natasha Fickling (Tash)

The mood onboard is peaceful, the ocean is calm and it's a clear sky with beautiful moonlight and a few dolphins. It feels so special and I feel so lucky to be aboard Maiden for this leg to Honolulu and knowing that despite some bad weather in the forecast, it's only going to get warmer and warmer as we sail North. I can't wait to get into shorts and t'shirts! (and anticipating the inevitable of what will happen to first

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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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