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They’ve done it! Junella King and The Maiden arrives in UK

Junella King aboard The Maiden as it crosses the finish line in the UK (photo by The Maiden Factor)

She’s arrived! Junella King and the crew of The Maiden has crossed the finish line, gently nudging to shore in Cowes UK, after their circumnavigation in the Ocean Globe Race.

The Maiden crossed the final Ocean Globe Race finish line, after 41d 18h 52m 58s at sea for leg four, sailing from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Cowes, England.

Showing the fleet a clean hull for most of the race, the boat was stuck in the doldrums last week, which slowed them down a little, exacerbated by light winds. They took 5th in line honours, 4th in flyer class.

What a feat for a little boat. Built in 1979, The Maiden is a 58’ yacht, bought by Tracey Edwards in 1987 to race in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew. The yacht achieved good results and broke records, leading to Edwards becoming the first female winner of the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy, changing the perception of women in ocean racing.

Now The Maiden carries on changing perceptions of female roles in sailing and around the world.

Junella’s mother Hyacinth and a whole crowd of watchers are almost hoarse with cheering.

‘We’re trying to beat her to the land. But I can’t stop screaming for joy” said Hyacinth in a voice croaking with yelling and emotion. “The crowds are enormous.”

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