Maiden is a Global Ambassador for the Empowerment of Girls through Education
January 24, 2023
Next up was Vuyi, she was understandably nervous about standing up in front of over 100 people, but she was very brave and literally brought the house down! Her background has been so tough; she has, against the odds, succeeded and has realised her dreams. She is an inspiration to all of us and spoke from the heart, I don’t think I could have been prouder of her. She just shone.
January 20, 2023
It was tough listening to the stories and witnessing the pain that these girls are holding in, but this was the first day of class and they are in very experienced safe hands. We felt privileged to be part of the ‘past, present and future’ exercise today; when we entered the classroom we noticed all the girls were drawing handprints on a large piece of coloured paper and writing on the palms and fingers of the hand. This lesson was being done to help the students acknowledge the past, live in the present and work towards a better future.
December 28, 2022
At daylight (4:30) as the wind carried on moving forward and staying at 20-25knots, we changed the J3 jib for the smaller staysail. We are expecting the wind to gradually go down during the day. As complete change a high pressure is extending towards us and we are expecting to be motoring by tomorrow…
December 19, 2022
Blog: AH – day break 19/12 When sailing for long distances over night the crew are split into watches. This is so we can keep sailing 24 hours a day and still get to sleep when we are off watch. There’s no anchoring in the middle of the ocean. This does mean that we are […]
December 18, 2022
This has been such a pleasant passage compared to some others that we have done lately. It's nearly double the length of time as our transatlantic was, but it feels like a breeze in comparison; we're not soaked every watch with rain and waves and battling upwind in 50 knots, quite the contrary, in fact.
December 17, 2022
The dolphins has been coming for a visit during night watch n during the day false killer whales came to say hi. It really been good n amazing sailing and I'm learning everyday. I am enjoying this ocean adventure!!
December 16, 2022
We are running out of fresh food with only 1 1/2 cabbages, oranges, 1 onion (slight under provision there) and tons of garlic left. Surprisingly they couldn’t find potatoes in Dakar otherwise they would have been expected on that list. This is quite normal at this stage of the trip but of course the menues have to be changed accordingly and there was a lot of chitchat about that. We also have freeze dried food which we tried last night and it was quite nice. And we have some frozen food like chicken and vegetables.
After this, we went through the courtyard and out to the area where the students grow vegetables. It’s surprisingly easy to grow in Dakar which you wouldn’t think, as it's so hot and part of the desert, but amazingly they produce a lot of food.
One of the things I love most about Maiden is the sharing of knowledge. Everyone that steps on board has something to teach and also something to learn. Whether that knowledge is to do with sailing, stars, marine animals or just random facts everything is valued and exchanged.