The famous yacht Maiden, two weeks ago went around the world, but forced almost immediately to return to England due to “unforeseen problems”, again headed for India.
We have already talked about Maiden, but there are new readers, so something repeat.
58-foot Maiden came to prominence when he took part in the round the world Whitbread Round the World Race 1989/90. On Board were the first in the history of the popular race (later known as the Volvo Ocean Race) and generally all-female yachting crew, led by Briton Tracy Edwards. And they not only managed to go through the whole round-the-world distance, but to win two stages of the six!
In preparation for the Whitbread and during the race the team was experiencing significant financial problems, and after the race Edwards had a boat to sell. Maiden has changed several owners, and then its traces completely lost. The yacht was found in 2014 on one of the Islands of the Seychelles archipelago, and it was in deplorable condition.
Edwards decided to restore the boat. Work started in 2016, lasted two years and was funded by the Jordanian Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and her family.
In the first half of November Maiden (on Board again purely female crew!) went from Southampton to India – it was the first stage of round the world travel with a total length of 54,000 nautical miles, the purpose of which – the promotion of educational programmes for girls from different countries. But after just 36 hours, the boat turned to Plymouth to stand up. I hope to go over to England don’t have.
Some of our readers were interested in what those “unforeseen problems” that forced the Maiden to interrupt the voyage. Honestly, I don’t know. The British press it’s reported. Agree, that’s surprising.