Maiden’s new skin

Maiden has now been in the shed for just over a month and boy has there been a lot going on.  The metal workers have been carefully cutting out the really bad areas of aluminium with extreme electrolysis. Some panels have been restored but most are too damaged so new ones are being fixed in place and welded.   Work also continues on deck now that everything has been removed.  The damaged parts of the deck are being mended and

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Maiden is in da house!

On Wednesday 9th August Maiden finally went into the shed and she is almost exactly where she was 28 years ago for her refit and new paint job before the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. You can actually see how much work the hull needs and the next job is to cut out the aluminium which is cause for concern. The deck also needs a lot of work and the red markings have been put there by the surveyor

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Primed and Ready

Maiden has now been home for 10 weeks and work on the restoration has been relentless.  In June we constructed scaffolding and a tent round the boat as work continued to remove equipment and the dreaded foam from the interior.  This was a horrendous job for the guys but they really got on with it.  Howard in the meantime has been kitting out the container whilst equipment is sorted through to determine what can be saved and restored and what

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The restoration begins

Maiden has now been home for 5 weeks and our Project Manager, Howard Gibbons, along with the guys at HYS have not wasted any time.  She really is in a sad state and the first job was to remove all the ruined equipment from the deck and from down below before stripping all the foam from the interior of the hull (not a pleasant task!) Once everything had been removed, the next job was to build scaffolding around her before

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Maiden is home

Photos by Rick Tomlinson It is the end of a very long day which began at 5am getting ready for BBC Breakfast News!  So, please forgive me but once again this is a story in pictures until tomorrow when I will have time to do justice to this amazing day. Maiden is now in her beautiful new custom built cradle and she is tucked up for her first night at home.  Sweet dreams sweet Maiden……………..

Nearly there!

Photos by Rick Tomlinson Well, another day of excitement!  The crew and supporters were on board the Seafin in Hamble by 8am this morning and off to Southampton Docks followed by various RIBS.  The weather was perfect as motored towards the Roll Dock Sky and her precious cargo. Our Project Manager Howard Gibbons, who had flown into the UK early this morning hot-footed it to Hamble Point to be picked up by one of the Sea Start RIBS and he

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Maiden is home – at last…

Please forgive me but this post will be mostly pictures.  Later today I will update you properly. Yesterday, Maiden arrived home into Southampton and it was like a dream. After four years of struggle, she was carried into the Solent on the Roll Dock Sky and I have to say she looked stoic sitting there in her cradle on deck.  We spotted her as the fog lifted and the sun came through the clouds and I have to say there

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Maiden has left the building…..

Well they say that a picture is worth a thousand words and these certainly tell a wonderful part of the Maiden Rescue story.  On Sunday 26th March, Maiden was put back into the water so that her cradle could be taken by road to the docks in Victoria, Mahe. On Monday 27th March a very welcome sight appeared on the horizon, the long awaited ship that would be bringing Maiden home. For the past few days, our man on the

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Maiden waits and we wait with her!

Maiden is now in her beautiful new Cradle and is waiting for the ship that will bring her home. She spends her final few days in the Seychelles looking out to sea, searching the horizon and we spend our days here in the UK working hard to get ready for her arrival. We estimate that her ship will arrive on 25th March and that she will leave the Seychelles the next day on the 26th March. We will of course

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Maiden is out of the water

On Thursday 16th February, Maiden was removed from Eden Island Marina and motored round to Taylor Smith Shipyard.  The mast was removed and then she was placed in the lifting bay.  I have to say she looks a little forlorn and lonely here….. but not for long! The straps were placed beneath her hull and she was lifted out of the water The cradle, the base of which has already been constructed, will now be built up around her to

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