58ft Maiden restoration
On Wednesday 9th August 2017 Maiden finally went into the shed and she is almost exactly where she was 28 years ago for her refit and new paint job before the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race.
With support from the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, Tracy Edwards chose to bring Maiden back to Hamble Yacht Services for a complete restoration having been discarded for over ten years in the Seychelles.
Maiden came to fame as the first all women crew to compete in the Whitbread in 1991. At the time Maiden generated major headlines finishing in second place and created a huge positive impact for Woman’s sailing worldwide.
The boat was shipped back arriving in Hamble on the 24th April and is expected to be in refit for up to 12 months. Once the restoration is complete, she will then have a new purpose with The Maiden Factor, a not-for profit organisation which will work with charities such as I am Girl, Just a Drop, Girl Up and The Girl’s Network.
Maiden as an Ambassador for The Maiden Factor will sail the globe promoting the agenda of education for girls and raise funds for these associated charities as well as Maiden Education.
For more information on the project, see here: www.themaidenfactor.org
We will be documenting the restoration here and across facebook and Twitter.
The work begins: