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Ocean Globe Race 2023

Join the Voyage for Girls' Education

Maiden and her all female crew are on a remarkable journey, not just racing in the Ocean Global Race (OGR) showing what a girl can achieve, but also sailing with the mission of supporting girls’ education around the world, so they too can follow their dreams. For the crew, each leg of the Ocean Globe Race 2023 isn't just a nautical challenge but a voyage of hope, determination, action and progress and we invite you to join us!

There are so many reasons why girls cannot and do not access education; on each leg of the race we will highlight one of those reasons and raise money for charities in that relevant field working to change girls’ lives through education.

In Leg One we highlighted ‘Fighting Forced/Early Marriage’; early marriage ends girls’ childhoods, education and severely limits their possibilities for personal growth, a career or even becoming an active member of society. For Leg Two we focused on supporting girls that are denied access or have been banned from school or education. To those of you who donated to these worthy causes, a huge thank you! Your support will change lives.

In Leg Three, we are fundraising for a simple solution to get more girls into schools to complete their education - single-sex toilets for girls! Once again we will raise awareness and essential funds to remove the obstacles and open the doors to education for girls.

Denying girls an education perpetuates gender inequality and hinders the potential for girls to have better futures such as a job; to earn higher incomes; make their own decisions; participate in society or the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Too many girls around the world don’t go to school due to the lack of single-sex toilets, without which they face significant challenges especially when they reach puberty and start menstruating, such as privacy, safety, hygiene and embarrassment. Only 57% of primary schools in the world’s least developed countries have single-sex bathrooms for girls (Borgen). The majority of sexual assault and rape incidents happen in school bathrooms where there is only one facility for all students. When girls do not have to worry about their hygiene and safety at school, they are more likely to continue to attend school.

Currently, one in three women and girls live without a decent toilet and it is estimated that 335 million girls go to school without water and soap available for washing their hands or clothes when changing sanitary pads. For example, across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America many girls report feeling fear, shame and embarrassment due to the lack of information, support and facilities to manage their menstruation in school. (Water Aid).

The impact of girls losing out on secondary education because there are no appropriate toilets is huge. A toilet for girls can significantly improve school attendance, enhance academic performance and contribute to better futures for girls, their families, their communities and their country’s economy.

Meet our fearless all-female crew, taking on the stormy seas to support girls' education:

Heather Thomas GBR
Heather Thomas

"The Ocean Globe Race is the ultimate adventure and test of courage, strength and determination.

To go back to basics and sail the world without modern technology especially GPS is such a cool opportunity. In 1989 Tracy and the crew of Maiden proved to the world that it could be done, now I want to show young women around the world what they themselves are capable of with hard work and determination.

With the Maiden Factor's following and modern-world social media, we have a really unique platform to inspire young girls and women around the world to dream big!"

Heather Thomas, Skipper

Leg Three OGR Crew

Junella King ATG
Junella King
Heather Thomas GBR
Heather Thomas
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR RSA
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Lana Coomes PRI
Lana Coomes
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Maryama Seck - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR FRA
Maryama Seck - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Erica Lush USA
Erica Lush
Capucine Treffort FRA
Capucine Treffort
Rachel Burgess GBR
Rachel Burgess

Leg Two OGR Crew

Dhanya Pilo - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR IND
Dhanya Pilo - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Heather Thomas GBR
Heather Thomas
Amicia Hopkins GBR
Amicia Hopkins
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR RSA
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Lana Coomes PRI
Lana Coomes
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Najiba Noori - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR AFG
Najiba Noori - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Estelle Baum FRA
Estelle Baum
Maryama Seck - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR FRA
Maryama Seck - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Erica Lush USA
Erica Lush

Leg One OGR Crew

Amicia Hopkins GBR
Amicia Hopkins
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR RSA
Vuyisile Jaca - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Lana Coomes PRI
Lana Coomes
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Willow Bland - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Payal Gupta - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR IND
Payal Gupta - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Najiba Noori - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR AFG
Najiba Noori - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR GBR
Kate Ledgard - FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR
Flavia Onore ITA
Flavia Onore
Rachel Burgess GBR
Rachel Burgess

What is the history behind the OGR?

The Ocean Globe Race (OGR) is a fully crewed retro race in the spirit of the 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race. It marks the the 50th anniversary of the original event.

It's an eight-month adventure around the world for ordinary sailors on normal yachts. Racing ocean-going GRP production yachts designed before 1988, there will be no computers, no satellites, no GPS, and no high-tech materials. Sextants, team spirit and raw determination alone in the great traditions of ocean racing are allowed on this truly human endeavor.

These will be real heroes pushing each other to the limit and beyond – in a real race!

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