Tracy Edwards MBE

Ran on 14 June 2017

Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.

Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever.

In 2014 Tracy created The Maiden Factor which has successfully rescued Maiden from abandonment in the Seychelles. Maiden is currently being restored at Hamble yacht Services ready for re-launch in 2018. Once restored, this iconic piece of British Maritime History will undertake a world tour to raise funds for Maiden Education and other charities dedicated to facilitating education for girls not currently afforded that basic human right.

Xavier Baker

30th June - £10 per person

Xavier Baker, co­-founder of the Isle of Wight Distillery brings a master class in gin cocktails to Hamble with an evening talk about out how gin is made, the history of gin and how it's best served!

The Isle of Wight Distillery is the first and only distillery on the island and there are no known records or history of distilling on the Isle of Wight so Xavier is proud to be making history. Using local ingredients sourced from the Island the distillery even handpicks a number of seeds to create their range of spirits.

Taking a slightly different format to the other talks, Xavier will conclude his talk by showing us how to make a range of cocktails. The cost of the talk includes two free cocktails and more are available to purchase throughout the evening, along with a range of Gins and other spirits from the Isle of Wight Distillery. As the evening goes on, the lights go down and the music goes up as our coffee shop becomes a cocktail gin bar!

All attendees for this talk must be aged 18 or over.

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Ian Walker MBE

10th July - £10 per person

Ian Walker is one of Britain’s most successful sailors with an amazing racing history.

He won silver medals at the 1996 Olympics in the 470 Class and at the 2000 Olympics in the Star Class. He then turned coach to mastermind Shirley Robertson's gold in 2004, before shifting his focus to ocean racing.

In 2008-09, Ian led the Volvo Ocean Race Team Green Dragon and then took charge of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's debut in the race in 2011-12.

In 2014-15 Ian was appointed as Skipper of Abu Dhabi's next entry into the Volvo Ocean Race, sailing the new VO65 class. He successfully lead the team to victory, winning by securing an insurmountable point lead over the other teams, as well as winning the in port race series and setting a 24-hour distance record of 550.82 nautical miles while approaching Cape Horn. Photo credit: Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Book Now