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Tracy Edwards MBE, record-breaking British Sailor and the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy, will be joining Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE (President of the RSM Psychiatry Section) for a tantalising discussion on how she went from rebel schoolgirl to record-breaking female sailor, the harsh reality in the Whitbread (Round the World Race), motivational speaking, The Maiden Factor, and the equality of women through the education of girls.
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Tracy and her record-breaking all-female crew inspired a generation of women when they raced around the world in 1989/90 in her yacht called Maiden. Maiden went on to win two of the toughest legs and they came second in their class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977, which still stands to this day. They returned to a rapturous welcome from thousands of supporters and Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
In 1998 Tracy put together another all-female crew to race a Multihull, this time in an attempt to be the first all-female crew to sail around the world non-stop and win the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world by sail. The women had broken five world records and were well on the way to beating the Jules Verne, when their 92ft catamaran was dismasted 2000 miles off the coast of Chile.
In 2002, Tracy created the first ever truly mixed gender team and broke four major world records in Maiden II.
In 2007 and 2008 Tracy worked for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) as Project Manager for their International Youth Advisory Conference. Working with the UN she assisted in the creation of the 2009 Resolution to the UNCRC.
In March 2013 Tracy founded Safer World Training Ltd which spent 2 years researching the impact of Online Reputation, Sexting and Cyber Bullying upon young people. This research is now being utilised in the development of an App.
In 2014 Tracy discovered that Maiden had been abandoned and rotting away in the Seychelles and knew she had to save her. She set to work raising the funds to rescue her and bring her home to the UK to be restored to her former glory. She then founded The Maiden Factor and charity to continue to battle for equality for future generations by raising awareness and funds for girls’ education. The charity works with and supports communities around the world to ensure that girls have access to education, increasing their life choices so that they may build better futures.
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