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Willow is determined to make the most of every second on the boat, aware that this is a rare opportunity and that she was one of the very last candidates to try-out for the Maiden. “We almost didn’t come across her but we are so glad we did,” said Tracy Edwards only later finding out that Willow is actually a cousin of the boat’s on-board qualified medic, Kate. Willow has proven herself to be an excellent sailor, putting into practice all the skills she has acquired since racing Cadets and then 420s throughout her childhood at an international level. Willow was brought up by the sea where she developed a pure love of the water and all that it brings. Willow was selected to represent Great Britain multiple times in fleet racing and team racing, along with her crew she was ranked 1st in the National Cadet ranking 2014 and Ladies 420 National Champion 2016. It was only when leaving school Willow developed a love for offshore racing. She has competed in the Fastnet, coming 2nd in class, as well as the Transat, never once dreaming that she might one day be part of an all-female crew gathering to compete in such a prestigious event. “It seemed like an unattainable dream,” said Willow who had long heard of, and been inspired by, the Maiden story. For Willow to get a chance ‘to push boundaries and defy expectations is a privilege.’