Yachtswoman Tracy Edwards is visiting the Gatehouse Theatre in April

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Yachtswoman Tracy Edwards is visiting the Gatehouse Theatre in April to talk about her life in yacht racing.

Tracy Edwards won 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. The boat won two legs and came second overall in class. The best result for a British boat since 1977. Popular opinion at the time was that a team comprising all women stood no chance at all!

In 1990 Tracy was awarded Sportswoman of the Year and an MBE. She was the first woman to achieve acceptance by the British yachting community and paved the way for other women, notably Dawn Riley and Ellen MacArthur to follow.

Following her groundbreaking success with Maiden, Tracy went on to break many more records in a truly marvelous yachting career.

Tracy recently found out that the boat in which she achieved fame was languishing in a state of disrepair on an island in the Indian Ocean. In Tracy’s talk at the Gatehouse Theatre, as well as telling about her experiences in yacht racing, she will update us on her efforts to salvage her old boat, bring it back to Britain and restore it to its former glory.

Don’t miss Tracy Edwards appearing at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre on 28 April 2015.

Tracy will also have with her a limited number of copies of her book for signing and for sale.

Tracy’s visit to Stafford has been organized by Stafford Coastal Cruising Club and is hosted at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s MET Studio on Tuesday 28 April. Tickets are available from the box office and cost £13 each. Tickets may also be obtained by telephoning 01785 619080 or via the theatre website http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/