With An All-Female Crew, 'Maiden' Sailed Around The World And Into History

  

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Via:  hallux  •  6 months ago  •  6 comments

By:   Dave Davies NPR

With An All-Female Crew, 'Maiden' Sailed Around The World And Into History
One of the most uplifting documentaries I have watched

The full documentary is available at:

https://www.amazon.com/Maiden-Tracy-Edwards/dp/B07TM1MJ7S


S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



On restoring an old racing yacht while the male crews had new boats

We found an old, secondhand racing yacht with a pedigree. ... She was in a terrible state, and we put her on a ship and we brought her back to the U.K. and then I gave the girls sledgehammers and I said, "Right, take her apart," and we did. We stripped the inside of the boat. We stripped the deck. We took the mast out. We took everything apart. ...

This was also a bit of a first, because people didn't usually see women in shipyards. So that was an interesting situation. ... All these other guys had a shore team. They had brand new boats. So they didn't really need to do any work on them. And so they'd sit in a cafe and watch us as we were putting this boat together. ...

Although, as I say, there was a very nice part of that sort of, being part of this big Whitbread family, is that if you did go and ask for help, 99.9 percent of the time you would get it. You know, you might get a bit of a snide, "Ugh, you know if you need help ...," kind of thing, but you know, beggars can't be choosers.


But the great thing about doing what we did the way we did it was we learned everything we needed to know about the boat. We put every single item into that boat, onto that boat. We painted her. We put the rig in. We did the rigging. We did the electronics, the plumbing, the [navigation] station. ... So when we put Maiden in the water, I would say that we, as a crew, knew our boat better than any other team in the race.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    6 months ago

If you like courage and tenacity, this is truly a treat.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     6 months ago

This is a great story, I love it. 

My wife is an avid sailor and has competed in many local races. In 1989/90 we were living in Australia (Syndey) and we flew to Perth to see my kids and grandkids but as important we wanted to see the All Women Whitbread team when they docked in Fremantle. It was a grand experience and my wife was ecstatic. We saw the boat, the crew and have some photos of both. 

When we moved back to the US we lived in Huntington Beach, CA and she sailed quite extensively. She and a female crew member docked a 50 ft sailboat in Newport Harbor using only sails. Right in front of a huge waterfront restaurant, to say jaws were agape would be an understatement. 

Thanks for posting this article, my wife read it and loved it. Great memories.

I have to dig out the pictures that we took that day.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Kavika @2    6 months ago

Would love to see them one day ...

As with the ladies of Maiden I suspect your wife has a glass or two of Viking blood in her system.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @2.1    6 months ago
As with the ladies of Maiden I suspect your wife has a glass or two of Viking blood in her system.

No, she doesn't but she does think that she is a Viking. LOL

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Kavika @2.1.1    6 months ago

Minnesota doesn't count. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @2.1.2    6 months ago

I keep telling her that but she has a good comeback. I'm from Brooklyn NY and I can be anything that I want to be.

 
 
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