'It's heartbreaking to see the Maiden yacht in appalling condition, but we will restore it', says crew leader Tracy Edwards

'It's heartbreaking to see the Maiden yacht in appalling condition, but we will restore it', says crew leader Tracy Edwards

The Maiden yacht finished second in the Whitbread Round the World Race

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's heartbreaking to see the Maiden yacht in such an appalling condition, but it will be restored and help girls gain education, says former crew leader Tracy Edwards.

Edwards led the first ever all-female crew around the world on the Maiden in 1990, taking part in the Whitbread Round the World Race. However, the sailor told Julia Hartley-Brewer that four years ago the Maiden was dumped in the Seychelles.

Luckily the previous crew have come together to rescue the boat, and are now beginning a year-long restoration project as the boat has arrived back in the UK. Edwards has received the backing of Jordan's Princess Haya Bint Hussain.

She explained that when the princess heard about the restoration project, she got in touch with the team saying she wanted to back it, as King Hussain was a huge supporter the first time around.

Their plan now is to use the yacht to raise money and host events for girl's education around the world.

Listen to the full interview above

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