IFC Awards - Maiden Rescue, the official charity partners

We would like to welcome Maiden Rescue as our official charity partners at the Citywealth IFC Awards on 21st January.

The story of the ship Maiden is a very inspiring one - she sailed into the record books 25 years ago, as she carried the first all-female crew to sail in the Whitbread Round the World Race. She was sponsored by King Hussein of Jordan at the time, and her loyal supporter Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, handed the team their 1st leg trophy in Uruguay. Skipper Tracy Edwards was awarded an MBE by the Queen and her Royal Airforce Wings by King Hussein I.

25 years later Tracy set her heart on bringing back the Maiden from the pirate infested waters of the Indian Ocean where she lays abandoned, and put her to good work to raise money on a global scale. Maiden inspired a whole generation of women and now Tracy wants to give her the chance to do the same for the next generation. The charity will work with organisations which facilitate education for girls in developing countries and lobby against forced marriage and FGM.

The Maiden Team are now back together and are fundraising to ship Maiden to the UK where she will undergo a complete refit.On 28th May 2015, exactly 25 years after she crossed the finish line, she will once again sail in the Solent. On 4th June 2015, she will be guest of honour at the 25th Anniversary celebrations in London, attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

"I very much look forward to seeing her sail across the original finish line. Tracy Edwards and the Maiden bring back such happy memories of when I went with my mother and step father to Punta Del Este to welcome the Maiden into port" Sarah Furguson, Duchess of York

"Maiden really was an amazing achievement and put women's sailing on the map. The planned programme of fundraising to improve the lives of girls and women around the world would seem the perfect way to spend her golden years" Sir Richard Branson.