Maiden is the inspiring story of how in 1990, Tracy Edwards, a modest 27 year old, took a yacht and the first all-female crew ever to circumnavigate the globe through storms and savage seas. This is a book about great courage, great endeavour and extraordinary determination. And it is a story of how anyone can have a dream and, against all odds, come through triumphant.
The 2016 Edition, still written at the time, has many revised chapters and a wealth of new illustrations.
In Tracy’s second book, she takes us through the triumphant finish of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race and the success of Maiden, through the dark times of a nervous breakdown brought about by exhaustion and her retreat into reclusiveness. Tortured by her own demons Tracy hid from the world and determined to give up sailing forever. However, a chance invitation to the Yachtsman of the Year lunch presented her with an image of round the world sailing she had not contemplated before. She jumped at it and proceeded to create the first ever all-female crew to sail on a Maxi Multihull. These giants of the oceans were fast but dangerous and Tracy found she had to start from scratch, changing people’s attitudes once again and proving that women could sail anything a man can sail. Through the same prejudices as before, her team of women sailed into the records books through the worst storms the Southern Ocean had to offer, and broke new ground for equality.
This book is a roller coaster ride of the highs and lows of a woman driven by the need to change the status quo; her tenacity and will to succeed destroying her marriage and often testing friendships and family to the limit. A gripping read that you will not be able to put down.