‘MAIDEN’ arrives in Marina

  • Maiden is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2019
  • The public is invited to a free screening at Burton Chace Park on Sept. 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • The Maiden Factor World Tour began in November 2018 and will end in May 2021 – a two and a half year worldwide tour to promote female learning

Lucky for us in L.A., Maiden will arrive into Marina del Rey on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 and will depart on her journey to Valparaiso on Sept. 17, 2019. While in L.A.’s Marina, there will be a number of opportunities to see Maiden, including open days at Burton Chace Park (including a free movie screening) and California Yacht Club, a chance to meet the crew and tour the iconic yacht. Maiden will then depart Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2019 for the 4,806mile voyage to Valparaiso, with an estimated 28 days at sea.

What’s so important about Maiden? Nearly 30 years ago, Tracy Edwards MBE sailed into the record books on Maiden with the first all-female crew in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race. ​Maiden and her glass shattering crew paved the way for women, particularly those in the world of yachting. After the race, Maiden was found abandoned and rotting in the Seychelles. Tracy Edwards MBE worked tirelessly to return ​Maiden back to the UK; the boat has since undergone an extensive refit and restored to her former glory. Now, Maiden is sailing again and on a new mission to raise awareness and funds for girls’ education around the globe.

What other cities will Maiden visit on her worldwide tour? The project sees the iconic yacht, Maiden, circumnavigating the globe on a two and a half year worldwide tour across 30 destinations, covering over 60,000 nautical miles. Maiden left the UK in November 2018 and has subsequently stopped over in; Sri Lanka, Fremantle, Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, on The Maiden Factor World tour.

Who is the crew? Maiden is sailed by an all-female crew again and currently skippered by Wendy Tuck (Australia), the first female skipper to win a round-the-world yacht race, winning the Clipper Race last year. Other permanent crew members include: Belinda Henry (Australia),  Amalia Infante (Spain), Courtney Koos (USA) and Erica Lush (USA).  Kellie Ann Taylor (USA) and Sabrina Perrell (USA) will join the crew from San Francisco to Los Angeles as ‘milebuilders’, female sailors who want more experience and miles to progress their careers and opportunities in sailing; Ash Perrin(USA) will be additional leg crew and Lindsay Rosen (USA) a ‘guest’ sailor onboard, who has paid for her place, with the monies going directly to The Maiden Factor Foundation charity.

For further information, please visit: www.themaidenfactor.org.