Tracy Edwards has announced the purchase of the giant cat Club Med and her intention to take on the Jules Verne in 2003 and the next edition of The Race in 2004.
Club Med, the 110-foot Ollier-designed cat that Grant Dalton won The Race with in 2000 will be re-named Maiden II and will be crewed by an all-woman team. Most of the crew were with Edwards during her last attempt of the record, which ended with the dismasting of Royal and Sun Alliance. "This is unfinished business for myself and all but one of the Maiden II team," says Edwards. "We knew then that we had to go again."
Edwards has assembled an experienced international crew for the campaign, including the following: Emma Richards (UK), Helena Darvelid (SWE), Adrienne Cahalan (AUS), Sam Davies (UK), Miranda Merron (UK), Frederique Brule (FRA), Miki von Koskull (FIN), Emma Westmacott (UK), Sharon Ferris (NZ), Hannah Harwood (UK) and Anne Monmousseau (FRA).
Ambitious plans for 2002 include attempts at several recently set records; Trans Mediterranean, Route of Discovery (Cadiz to San Salvador), Miami to New York, New York to UK, Channel record, Round Ireland, and Round the Isle of Wight.