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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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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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Sharon Ferris-Choat – an update from Maiden’s co-skipper

Sharon Ferris-Choat at Maiden's helm. She's wearing sunglasses and a lifejacket. Belle Henry is sat behind. The sky is blue with dramatic clouds.

Sailing on the legendary Maiden has been a dream come true. It is almost surreal that I am sailing on this amazingly resorted beauty with an incredible international crew. I love learning and every experience is one golden opportunity to offer personal advancement. The base sailing team of Wendo, Belle, Courtney, Tilly and Amalia have spent a lot of energy and time teaching their knowledge and skills about how “Maiden sails best” to us Mile Builders and leg crew. It

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Greetings from the Tasman Sea!

BLOG POST BY KATE PALFREY28/04/19 We left Sydney in glorious bright sunshine on Anzac Day and were privileged to witness various military flybys over the harbour bridge as we were escorted out of the Sydney Heads by friends, family and even the Harbour Police! It was finally real – the adventure was about to begin! After a couple of man overboard practices, we were on our way – next stop Auckland, New Zealand! The first afternoon and evening were perfect

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Maiden has arrived in Sydney, her second stopover on The Maiden Factor World Tour!

Maiden has arrived in Sydney! After leaving Fremantle on the 7th April, 2140 nautical miles later, Maiden has just been welcomed into the next stopover on the World Tour, at Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia at 8PM (AEST, UTC+10). Maiden was escorted in by two magnificent yachts, Argo and Wild Thing, with friends and family waiting to cheer in the crew. Wendy was especially pleased to arrive at her hometown and club and to see many familiar faces!After a well

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