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Whitbread Race have issued a penality that reduces the number of male crew allowed if teams choose to sail without women on board. You can learn more about Maiden’s journey and Pacific Northwest arrival via their website at themaidenfactor.org. The current sail plan calls for a Vancouver visit from July 28 to August 6 and a Seattle stay August 6 to August 16 before heading south to San Francisco.

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was renamed Stabilo Boss for the 1986-87 BOC single-handed race, and came in seventh, skippered by South African Bertie Reed. Now Maiden’s journey is continuing in a different tack. In 2018, she departed on another voyage around the world crewed by young women from many nations and backgrounds and is stopping at as many ports as possible to welcome young fans on board and raise funds and awareness for girls' education. Before her arrival in the Pacific Northwest, she will be preceded by a hourlong documentary film first released in the United Kingdom on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. It is schedule to be available here in July, both online and in theaters. Luckily in the now famous Whitbread race, Maiden had a cine-camera aboard, not a typical piece of onboard equipment in 1989. There is plenty of exciting, heart-pounding footage from the race, resulting in an uplifting, inspiring film that has won rave reviews. In the film, Edwards, is not afraid to admit she made mistakes, like the choice of the women to wear swimsuits for their finish in Fort Lauderdale, which she explains tongue in cheek was “to distract the press from their third-

The finish at Southampton in 1990.

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place position in leg 5.” Apparently, it was the most syndicated sports photograph of the year. Society has since become more liberal of women in sport showing some skin, such as modern beach volleyball in the Olympics. And yes, the same gender issues continue in offshore sailing. Although women have made great progress in inshore sailing in the last 30 years, they are still struggling to find their footing in the elite offshore world. This year, the organizers of the next version of the original

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