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Tracy Edwards MBE

Tracy was the Skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world.  She is an entrepreneur who has overcome adversity and is a highly effective speaker on themes including leadership and teamwork.

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Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86. After this she decided to enter the first all female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden Great Britain’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept and entered the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and come second in class overall, the best result for a British boat since 1977 .

She founded Quest International Sports Events after agreeing a £6 million deal with the crown prince of Qatar to create and run two round-the world races in a four-year £38m sailing programme.

Tracy is an author and runs her own training business.  She has presented numerous television programmes and is a patron of several charities, including The Prince’s Trust.

Tracy is an exceptional motivational speaker, particularly on leadership and team-building. Tracy strongly believes key lessons learnt from the world of sport and adventure can be transferred to the business place.

Tracy touched every single person in the room, in so many different ways. From a personal perspective her strength and determination not to be beaten in times of adversity in both professional and personal life was absolutely inspirational (I can’t think of a stronger word!)” Justene Donnelly, Head of Solution Design, TSCHero Ltd

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