Earlier in the month I was onboard legendary and newly restored yacht Maiden for her first voyage. We made our way from the south coast up to London ahead of her global campaign to promote education for girls. The voyage took us under a specially opened Tower Bridge where a royal welcome awaited us.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Haya Bint al Hussein visited Maiden to meet Tracy Edwards MBE and the Maiden crew as they embark on “The Maiden Factor”, a fantastic project that aims to support charities that are working to teach or mentor girls up the age of 16 who are currently unable to access an education. https://www.themaidenfactor.org/

Nikki Henderson was announced as skipper for the first phase of the project and will be joined by crew of four; Amelia, Belle, Tilly and Mary. Maiden headed back from London to visit the Southampton Boat Show before the crew will depart for Jordan to meet up again with Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan who is supporting the project in memory of her father, King Hussein I.

After my mini Maiden adventure, I was also bound for the Yachtmarket.com Boat Show where I attended the launch of Ocean Saviour – an exciting new concept that aims to tackle the macro plastic pollution issues facing our oceans.

Ocean Saviour is a world-first, self-powering clean-up vessel, purposefully engineered to locate, retrieve and recycle plastic from the ocean. What is really pioneering about this vessel is that it will process the plastic collected to make fuel, making it sustainable with a circular power source. It’s an exciting project and great to see bold and positive steps being taken in this area https://www.theyachtmarket.com/oceansaviour/

Whilst at the show, I was also able to catch up with my friends at Sunsail. As their Ambassador, I was invited to speak about my experiences leading Turn the Tide on Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race and meet with guests and customers. In fact, my visits to the show were a variation on a theme, the theme mainly being me talking as I also joined theyachtmarket.com and PSP Logistics for some interactive Q & A sessions.

After a busy September, I am scheduling in a bit of time for myself and heading off to the west country for some outdoor adventures with friends. Fingers crossed the autumn sunshine will stay with us for a little while longer so that we can enjoy all that the Devon countryside and coast has to offer.

Dee Caffari

British yachtswoman Dee Caffari is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

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