Refitted ocean racing yacht's all-female sailing crew makes U.S. stops on three-year world tour to empower girls through education.
There's a nice goodwill tour making its way up and down the Eastern Seaboard this summer. The iconic sail racing yacht Maiden, which circled the globe with an all-female crew in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race, has been repackaged as a floating education ambassador for girls.
After crossing the Atlantic to Miami in late April 2022, the Maiden crew sailed north, stopping in Charleston, South Carolina; Annapolis, Maryland; then visits to multiple New York City venues. While in New York for the month of June, the crew is engaging with school children, charities, outreach programs, and organizations committed to inspiring and empowering girls through education, with a particular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Maiden also hosts boat tours, fundraising events, and a screening of the documentary 'Maiden,' held at the South Street Seaport Museum on June 13. ("Maiden" is available for streaming on Netflix.)
"Maiden shows what a girl can achieve if just one person believes in her," said Tracy Edwards, founder of the Maiden Factor Foundation. Edwards captained Maiden when she was just 26 years old, spearheading the first all-female crew to ever sail around the world. Maiden's vision today is a world where every girl has access to 12 years of quality education, equipping them to choose their future and fulfil their dreams.
July finds the crew visiting ports in New York, Connecticut. August stops include New Brunswick (Canada), Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
The Maiden Factor's mission is to work with, raise funds for and support communities around the world to enable girls into education and empower and support them to remain in school through their teenage years to reach their full potential and create better futures.
As part of a three-year tour that started last winter, this October will find Maiden sailing to the Azores and on to Dakar, finishing the first year of the world tour at sea between stopovers from Cape Town to Maputo, Mozambique. The tour resumes on America's West Coast on Kodiak Island, Alaska, in May 2023, bound for Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.