Betty Bear and Friends

by Betty Bear in London, England, United Kingdom

Betty Bear and Friends


raised of £1,500 target


104% 2 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 6th August 2020 at 7:00pm

Vulnerable girls are most at risk from not returning to education after COVID 19. I am raising funds for girls' education everywhere

1593433297_betty_and_friends_.jpg Some of my lovely friends have already donated to my Crowdfunder! Will you be next to help me and my Maiden crew make sure all girls have the opportunity to go to school?

I’m Betty Bear, and as you can see I am not on Maiden at the moment, I am spending some time at Maiden headquarters with Tracy and Mack.  Sadly because of Coronavirus we have had to pause our world tour until it’s safe to go sailing again. So the rest of the crew and I are all at our homes waiting to get back on Maiden.


I’ve sailed lots of miles all over the world with my human Tracy Edwards and was with her on Maiden when she skippered the first all-girl crew to sail around the world when we raced in the Whitbread Round the world Race 30 years ago!  So far I’ve sailed more than 300,000 Nautical Miles - woah!


Now Maiden is on a new journey, and I’ve been onboard too! We are doing a very important job helping girls all over the world, who aren’t allowed to go to school.

I have lots of cuddly friends on Maiden, and even some human friends too. It made me think that maybe you humans would like your cuddly friend to join me going all around the world, and also help all those girls who can’t go to school.

As Tracy and the team are raising money so that we can Keep Maiden Moving and you could help by sending me a picture of your Teddy or cuddly friend to join me on the boat!

1591635996_ad6a9466.jpgIf you would like to help us you can donate on my page so that we can bring your teddy’s photo onto Maiden you can then email your picture to me at

I am hoping to raise £1,500 to contribute to the target of £150,000 being raised by The Maiden Factor as we aim to sail 150,000 Nautical Miles over the next three years!

Here are some ideas for fundraisers;

  • Virtual Teddy Bear's Picnic
  • Sell some toys, books or puzzles you don't use anymore to someone else who will love them
  • Betty Bear themed Bake Sale

Thank you so much, and I can’t wait to see your pictures!

Bye bye!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Downloadable signed image of Tracy Edwards MBE

This image of Tracy is at the end of the Whitbread Round the World Race on 28th May 1990 and we think it is one of the most joyful of the whole amazing day as she and the crew knew by then that they had finished in second place overall and she is busy spraying champagne over the crew! Tracy will be signing the picture.

£20 or more

Maiden Keyring

Made from ropes from the iconic Maiden. Carry a piece of history wherever you go! A great conversation starter and a great way to spread the word of Maiden's important mission!

£30 or more

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A white ‘The Maiden Factor’ logo T-shirt. These T-shirts were printed in honour of The Maiden Factor World Tour and have been sold at all of the stopovers to raise money for Maiden community projects. On the back it says “Educate a Girl - Change the World” Wear with pride!

£40 or more

A message from Tracy

A short, recorded message from Tracy for birthday, motivation, congratulations as a gift. Tracy will take requests for your message and email to them or you or your chosen recipient. It could be for any event and will be a personal and unique video.

£50 or more

Signed Photo of Maiden

Downloadable iconic image of Tracy and the Maiden crew signed by all. The black and white image we have chosen is one our favourites and is of Tracy and the crew with their first Beefeater Trophy as they had won the longest and toughest leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race; Uruguay to Australia.

£60 or more

'The Maiden Factor' Logo Wheel

Own a piece of Maiden. Our logo, made from aluminium removed from her hull during the restoration. When Maiden was rescued in 2016 she was in such a dreadful state that we had to completely restore her to her former glory and to do that we had to replace some of the plating from her aluminium hull.

£70 or more

Sign Maiden’s Log Book

Add your signature to Maiden’s log book which travels on Maiden around the world. You can send your signature to us and we will add it to the Log book or if you live near a planned stopover on our tour, you can visit Maiden, come aboard, meet the crew and personally add your signature.

£100 or more

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A4 Maiden Film Flyer

Limited Edition produced by the film distributor to promote the film Maiden, signed by Tracy Edwards MBE. This is Tracy’s favourite image from the whole Whitbread Round the World Race and shows the crew on Maiden with their legs over the side whilst racing upwind. Dogwoof made the image into their promotions poster for the Maiden film when it was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

£150 or more

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Signed Limited Edition Print

A copy of the iconic ‘Maiden Finish’ Photo signed by the photographer and Tracy Edwards. This once in lifetime image was taken by Andrew Sassoli-Walker as he was out on the water, along with a welcome flotilla of 600 boats, when Maiden made history as the first all female crew to sail around the world when they crossed the finish line of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race.

£1,000 or more

30-minute webinar by Tracy Edwards MBE

Select a webinar for your Yacht Club, School or Company. You can choose from these subjects; Around the World in 9 months, Learning to be a Leader, Choosing and working with a great team, Equality in Sport, Why is girls’ education so crucial to us all.

£3,000 or more

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Own a piece of Maiden

Original Maiden ‘Bow Roller’ from 1989/90 Whitbread Round The World Race. This piece of Maiden had to be replaced during the 2017 restoration and is beautifully mounted on a wood display plinth, attached with a personalised silver plate. This comes with a framed 'provenance' photo signed by Tracy Edwards MBE and is 100% unique.

£6,500 or more

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One of Maiden’s two original Compasses

This stunning (and still functioning) artefact is beautifully mounted on a wood display plinth, attached with a personalised silver plate. It comes with a framed 'provenance' Photo signed by Tracy Edwards MBE and it is 100% unique as the other compass was damaged and replaced halfway round the world during the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race

£10,000 or more

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Day Sail on Maiden for you and 7 guests

Spend the day sailing with the wonderful crew on Maiden, anywhere on her world tour at any of the stopovers (once resumed). You do not need experience … or you may be a sailing superstar! (Food and soft drinks included) “One of the best experiences of my life! I have done a little sailing but not much and I was worried I would be in the way, but Wendy and the crew were just amazing. They were so kind and patient and I even steered!” Elizabeth

£12,500 or more

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A VIP private event for you and your guests

Host an event for your guests at your chosen port on Maiden’s world tour (once resumed). A special and unique opportunity to enjoy the iconic Maiden in a social setting. Your guests will be given a tour of Maiden and the crew love to share their experiences onboard and projects we have supported on our world tour. (The no. of guests will be determined by the berthing. We can organise caterers but the cost of food and drink not included)

£25,000 or more

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The name of a loved one on Maiden

You can have the name of a loved one on the Maiden hull along with our Maiden Factor Voices Whoopi Goldberg and Jamie Lee Curtis and other inspirational women for the duration of the tour (when resumed). This makes a very special and unique gift for a Mother, Wife, Sister, Girlfriend, Daughter - or anyone else!

£50,000 or more

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Your company’s name/logo on Maiden’s Hull

You can have your company name or logo on Maiden’s hull for the duration of the tour (once resumed). Maiden will be covering 150,000 miles and visiting upwards of 60 destinations in over 30 countries and we receive a massive amount of coverage at each stop, where we are nearly always based in a central location. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only support Maiden and girls’ education but to show that support to the world

£250 or more

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Original Maiden T-shirt Currently owned by Tracy

Worn during the race (washed!) When Tracy first announced that Maiden would be the first all female crew to sail around the world, she needed a snappy project title and so the team got together and came up with Maiden Great Britain as a play on words. When Royal Jordanian Airline sponsored Maiden, Great Britain was dropped. The T-shirts went out of print and became a collectors item. The crew wore them whilst sailing offshore.

£500 or more

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Original Maiden Sticker

The only remaining iconic Maiden Great Britain sticker that we know of! (currently owned by Tracy Edwards MBE) When Tracy first announced that Maiden would be the first all female crew to sail around the world, she needed a snappy project title and so the team got together and came up with Maiden Great Britain as a play on words. When Royal Jordanian Airline sponsored Maiden, Great Britain was dropped.

£750 or more

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Original Maiden Jacket

The jacket worn by Tracy Edwards MBE in the final photo of the Maiden Crew together at the end of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. At the end of the race Henri Lloyd, who had supplied the foul weather gear to Maiden, produced a one off set of jackets for the crew to commemorate their achievements. The Crew had pink jackets and Tracy had a blue jacket. They wore these jackets in the final photo together before they dispersed.

£2,000 or more

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Tracy's original Tamaya NC77 Navigation Calculator

Introduced in 1978 and made till 1991. Tracy used this calculator when Maiden came first overall and second in her class in the first race she ever competed in; The 1988 Route of Discovery trans-Atlantic, when she beat all the other Whitbread boats. The calculator is excellent condition, the navigation modes function correctly, dead reckoning is fine, but the inbuilt almanac for the Celestial navigation part finally expired in 2007.

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