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STP Shipyard Palma has welcomed the legendary Maiden, a vessel that made sailing history by being the first boat to sail around the world crewed solely by women.
Over 30 years ago in 1989/90, Tracy Edwards MBE skippered Maiden in the Whitbread Round The World Race, and since then the fame of this achievement has reached almost legendary status. A documentary has even been released about it that was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival to huge acclaim.
Nowadays, Maiden is still operational, carrying out expeditions around the world and still crewed solely by women with the project The Maiden Factor, a venture spearheaded by Edwards herself that raises funds and supports community programmes that ensure access to education for girls around the world. The all-female teams of both Maiden and The Maiden Factor continue to inspire thousands of people thanks to the work they do, carrying out all operations on the boat and collaborating on different projects.
The boat is now in STP Shipyard Palma after completing the first leg of its World Tour 2021-2024. The refit yard will carry out various maintenance jobs on Maiden and fine tune her for the transatlantic crossing to Miami that she hopes to reach in mid-April.
Erica Lush, first mate, together with Belinda Henry, shore manager, are both responsible for coordinating the maintenance work carried out on Maiden during the week the boat is out of the water. During the brief stop at STP Shipyard Palma, various refit and maintenance jobs will be carried out such as applying antifouling, checking anodes, inspecting the aquadrive system, examining the prop shaft alignment and going through her hull fittings. The companies Stefan Broberg Yacht Services, Precision Marine and Camber Marine are in charge of getting Maiden ship-shape and ready to set sail to Miami.
For more information, visit STP Shipyard Palma.
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