Skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race
Tracy Edwards: Biography highlights
Tracy Edwards achieved international fame in 1989 as the skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
Full biography of Tracy Edwards
Tracy Edwards’ background
Tracy was awarded Sportswoman of the Year in 1990 and was the first woman to achieve acceptance by the British yachting community paving the way for other women notably Dawn Riley and Ellen MacArthur.
Building on her earlier success her yacht Maiden Tracy entered the Trophy Jules Verne in 1998 to consolidate her position as one of the world’s top sailors. Tracy retired from round the world sailing in 1990 and turned her time and focus to managing sailing projects for her team. She also dedicates a lot of her time to her charities including the NSPCC, Childline and CEOP (Children’s Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Tracy is also patron of The Ahoy Centre, an Ambassador of One Parent Families and is also involved with The Lady Taverners, The Prince’s Trust, Emmaus and The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
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Tracy lively and somewhat irreverent leadership messages were brought alive by references to sailing, she made relevant and pointed comments, also lessons about leadership in practice. Thank you for your outstanding contribution to our HR workshop. The Team found you stimulating, the content fascinating and the messages highly relevant.'
'Energetic, brought home the teamwork message. Excellent feedback from all Resellers.'
Royal & SunAlliance
'Relevant to what the team had learnt during the rest of the course, a very vivid illustration of great teamwork. Tracy passion for sailing is an inspiration; Very motivational.'
'Good presentation which included comments on being an investor in people and how choosing the right team is essential. I enjoyed it very much.'