In 1990 the iconic yacht Maiden crossed the finish line of the Whitbread Round the World Race and Tracy Edwards MBE and her crew raced into the history books as the first all-female crew to sail wound the world. Proving the critics wrong they won two legs and came second overall, the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to this day. Maiden was made possible by the belief and support of one man, HM King Hussein I of Jordan and it was he who funded the project. He told Tracy “With faith, honour and courage, anything is possible.” Tracy was forced to sell her beloved Maiden at the end of the race and she disappeared until, in 2014, the yacht was found rotting in the Seychelles, unloved and neglected. Tracy vowed to rescue her and set about raising funds to buy her back. She succeeded and in April 2017 Maiden was shipped into Southampton and so began the 17 month long refit to restore her to her former glory and The Maiden Factor project was born.
HM King Hussein’s daughter HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein is, through her generous support, and in honour of her father, making The Maiden Factor project a reality. In 2017, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein had a bold idea to set up a global initiative in memory of HM King Hussein I. Anything is Possible honours the legacy of HM King Hussein I, and will support, promote and inspire the best in people. Following in the footsteps of her father HRH Princess Haya has set about redefining and celebrating the ethos of Maiden, working with Tracy Edwards, some of the original crew and the Maiden Factor team.
On 22nd September 2018, the newly refurbished Maiden will set sail on a historic three year global tour, dropping anchor in all corners of the world. This time a new young female crew, led by legendary world class Skippers, will take over the running of Maiden as they sail around the world. All with ONE mission of campaigning and fundraising for the 130 Million girls worldwide who are currently deprived of an education. Before setting sail, Tracy Edwards MBE and the rest of the crew will be on stage for a fascinating Q&A.