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“SAILING GAVE ME A PLATFORM THAT GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIGHT FOR EQUALITY.”

MOTIVATION DETERMINATION INSPIRATION TRACY EDWARDS MBE With International Women's Day and the 36th America's Cup finals this month, VIEW's Hélène Ravlich took the opportunity to speak to Tracy Edwards, who, in 1989, successfully skippered Maiden and the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race. Today, Tracy continues to inspire young women with The Maiden Factor, a global ambassador for the empowerment of girls through education. The Whitbread Round the World Race covers 33,000 miles and lasts nine months, and most thought that Maiden wouldn’t even finish the first leg. Do you remember how you felt when that first milestone was in the bag? Gutted that we hadn’t won! Everyone else was just so happy we were still alive. It made me realise the very real juxtaposition between our expectations and everyone elses. You also have to remember that, although not in the documentary, we did win our first ever race – the Route of Discovery Trans-Atlantic – so we had high expectations for ourselves. The press delivered perhaps even more vitriol than your male peers when you talked about taking to the ocean, what do you think they were most scared of? I think that genuine patriarchy existed then, and it exists now. There are men who really do believe that women are inferior, and should be treated as such with few rights and no voice. Even today they don’t seem to be particularly apologetic, how does that make you feel? I am sick to death of women and girls being treated like second-class citizens, not just in sailing or in sport but in all walks of life, media,

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