Seabed 2030 Gets a Boost from Maiden’s Record-Setting Ocean Globe Race Win

Southampton, United Kingdom – Arriving in Cowes on Tuesday 16 April 2024, Maiden, skippered by Heather Thomas, and its all-female crew achieved some amazing accomplishments. Not only did they win the Ocean Globe Race, Heather Thomas became the first british skipper to win a round the world race, Maiden became the first fully british crewed boat to win a round the world race, and the crew included the first black women and first afghan woman to race around the world.

Alongside these achievements, during the 28,500 nm and 154 days at sea for the race they have had a datalogger onboard, contributing to the Seabed 2030 project to map the ocean floor, as many of the areas traversed by Maiden and her crew are less frequently travelled by boats.

Megan Hickling, Environmental Sustainability & Programming Assistant, joined many other wellwishers aboard the Ocean Scene to welcome her back during the parade of sail from Cowes to Southampton, where the crew was met by HRH Princess Haya and her Children Their Highnesses Jalila and Zayed, passing on The Message of Hope written by and put in the baton by Their Highnesses Jalila and Zayed:

“The shining light that is Tracy Edwards and the Maiden’s Crew have continued forward through times of crushing struggle and hardship to so clearly demonstrate that truly; ‘with faith, honour and courage anything is possible’.”

“I am beyond proud of what these talented women have achieved. They took our success in 1990 to the next level and blew away one of the very few firsts left in women’s ocean racing. Well-deserved congratulations to Heather Thomas and her crew for winning on corrected time.” Said Tracy Edwards MBE, skipper of the original all female crew during the 89/90 Whitbread Race. “I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marie Taberly for winning Line Honours. Two women at the top of their sport makes me incredibly happy and so proud of what Maiden began. As the saying goes, 'I think my work here is done!”

“We started this race with the goal to be the first all female crew to win a round the world race. There were various setbacks as well as highs and lows along the way, but we did it! Every one of the crew put their hearts and souls into this race and I could not be prouder; they are incredible role models for future sailors.” - Heather

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