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The Maiden Factor: Raising Awareness for Girls' Education

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Maiden was the first boat to be sailed around the world by an all-female crew during the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race. Newly restored, she is set for another global campaign to promote girls’ education with six other charities and the Maiden Factor Foundation.

The idea has been brought to life by Maiden boat owner Tracey Edwards and the six charity partners: Fields of Life, Just a Drop, Orchid Project, Room to Read, The Girls’ Network and Why Comics? to raise awareness against the barriers that stop or hinder girls from reaching their full potential.

Maiden plans to set sail from the Southampton Boat Show on 22nd of September for their 2nd round’ the world tour which will cover 30 stops in 22 countries. At each stop the all-female crew will meet with community leaders and girl-centred programmes to empower girls’ rights and schooling for all.

From Tracey Edwards:

“Very few believed in Maiden and the all-female crew behind her record-breaking achievements. I know what it’s like to have barriers, and voices of doubt around you. But, I also know what it feels like to break them, and that you can’t do it alone. It takes grit and hard work but most importantly I believe it takes support. That’s what Maiden’s new voyage is about. It’s about campaigning and raising funds to help ensure that every girl has the support she needs to reach her full potential, because with that support – anything is possible.”

Doyle Sails is proud be the sail supplier for this wonderful campaign and wish them the best of luck on their journey.

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Tracey Edwards with crew Amelia Ralphs, Belle Henry, Tilly Ajanko, Mezza Sutherland, Nikki Henderson, Wendo Tuck and Dee Caffari

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