Maiden and All-Female Crew To Arrive at Annapolis

As Three-Year World Tour Continues, the Sailing Vessel Maiden To Arrive at City Dock Annapolis

Together with DP World, the sailing vessel Maiden and her new crew will build on the successes of the previous World Tour, raising awareness and funds for girls’ educational projects around the world and changing the narrative around what a girl can achieve. Engaging with school children, charities, outreach programs and organizations that are committed to inspiring and empowering girls through education.

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Tracy Edwards and her all-female crew after the first leg of the Whitbread Around the World sailboat race circa 1990. Photos courtesy of the Maiden Factor

Never has the education of girls been so important; over 130 million girls are not in education and after the pandemic and conflict around the world, it is estimated that an additional 11m+ girls will not return to school or be able to access distance learning opportunities. This will impact the most vulnerable girls throughout the world, impacting their lives now and in the future.

Maiden’s vision is a world where every girl has access to 12 years of quality education; equipping them to choose their future and fulfil their dreams.

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Maiden began the new three year world tour in Dubai in December; to date she has made her way through the Suez Canal with a stop in Palma, Majorca for final preparations for the Trans-Atlantic crossing. Maiden arrived in Miami at the end of April 2021 and will now sail up the East Coast with stopover hubs in Miami, Charleston, Annapolis, Nauticus, New York, Kingston, Long Island, St John (Canada) and Newport. 
In October 2022 Maiden will sail to the Azores and on to Dakar, Cape Town and finishing the first year of the world tour in Maputo, Mozambique.

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Former Whitbread race skipper Tracy Edwards runs the Maiden Factor to raise awareness and funds for girls' education around the world.

Maiden will be at City Dock in Annapolis from May 17-23. ETA for arrival is 11:00 a.m. with an arrival ceremony taking place with Eastport Elementary School welcoming Maiden and receiving the ‘Baton of Hope’ from Maiden. Maiden will be skippered by Australian, Liz Wardley, who is returning to Maiden after a stint in 2019/2020 when Maiden entered races in the Caribbean, mentoring sailors from around the world who joined the crew.

There will also be an outdoor screening of ‘Maiden’ the award winning documentary on 20 May 2022 at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

Maiden will leave Annapolis at 9 a.m. on May 26 for a short stop in Nauticus, Norfolk, VA, before arriving in New York on June 1 at 5 p.m. by the Statue of Liberty, spreading the message of empowering girls through education.

Maiden and her all-female crew crossing the finish line of the Whitbread Around the World Race 1990. Photos courtesy of the Maiden Factor

• Maiden’s mission is to work with, raise funds for and support communities to enable girls into education and empower and support them to remain through their teenage years to reach their full potential and create better futures

• Maiden has become a Global Ambassador the Empowerment of Girls through Education

• Title sponsor, DP World’s strategy ‘One World, Our Future’ prioritises sustainability and impact on the people, communities and environment where they operate leaving a long-term benefit for the world we live in.

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