Emma Richards, the 29-year-old British yachtswoman, is to receive an MBE. Emma is included in the New Years Honours list in recognition of her epic exploits in Around Alone earlier this year when she became the first British woman and youngest ever person to complete the 29,000-mile, solo round the world race.
Richards' MBE is also in acknowledgement for the work she has done in her role as an Ambassador for the HSBC Education Trust. The HSBC Education Trust aims to raise standards in education by providing students with inspirational experiences beyond the classroom, and Emma has committed a large amount of time during and after Around Alone to supporting the Trust's hard work. Richards is currently in New Zealand writing her account of her exploits in Around Alone for her book which will be published in October 2004.
Emma Richards - Sponsored by Pindar
Richards commented: "I'm absolutely thrilled and humbled to receive an MBE. I'd like to thank my sponsor, Pindar, my family and the tremendous support that I received from all around the world during my solo circumnavigation; I couldn't have completed my 132 days at sea without everyone's continual support, so to be given this great honour is as much for them as it is for me. I also think that this is good for sailing as a sport, which does not often receive the recognition of mainstream sports such as rugby or football."
Dame Mary Richardson, Chief Executive of the HSBC Education Trust, commented: "I am so pleased for Emma. Her work for the Trust, particularly the summer sailing schools, continues to be invaluable and she thoroughly deserves the accolade bestowed upon her." Andrew Pindar, Chairman of the Pindar Group Commented: "We are now in our fifth year of sponsorship with Emma and we could not be more proud to be associated with her and her achievements. Emma has courage, talent and determination in equal measure and I am so pleased that her accomplishments have been recognised in this way."
Yachting World, 1 January 2004
THE RACE: "AROUND ALONE" IN BRIEF
Around Alone is the longest race for any individual in any sport, covering some 28,800 miles of the world's roughest and most inhospitable oceans - taking place every four years. Out of the current five round-the- world yacht races, only Around Alone and the non-stop Vendee Globe are single-handed. However, Around Alone is the only race that starts and finishes in America, and which, due to its multi-leg structure, boasts the most international field of entries, with 15 countries represented since the race began in 1982.
Single-handed offshore racing combines the two powerful elements of high competition and solo human endeavour, where the competitors face the difficult situation of being both captain and crew. Around Alone has a unique format of five tough and demanding legs, which breed intense competition, as the skippers push themselves and their yachts to the limits of endurance and technology.
Around Alone 2002-2003 starts from New York (USA) on Sunday 15th September 2002 as part of 'Sail for America', the one-off tribute taking place in New York Harbor that weekend to commemorate the first anniversary of the tragic events on September 11th.
breaking, solo round the world yachtswoman, Emma
Richards receive her MBE today in recognition of her
remarkable achievements in sailing.
Richards competed onboard her 60 foot yacht ‘Pindar’
named after the international print and electronic media
company of the same name who have sponsored her for the
last five years.
Emma Richards MBE
Richards commented “I was both surprised and delighted
to have been honoured in this way. When I started
sailing I could never have imagined that I would come to
Buckingham Palace and receive an MBE from the Queen, I
can’t quite believe it. I have been incredibly lucky
to have been able to do all that I have in my career to
date but without the support from my sponsors,
particularly Pindar, none of this would have been
possible. The company and its employees have followed my
progress around the world and have been there to support
me at every stopover. I could not have asked for a
better sponsor and I am looking forward to the next
season of racing and my continuing association with
Richards is a 29 year old British yachtswoman who has
taken the sailing world by storm. She is a friendly,
hugely popular and yet resolutely modest personality
whose exploits in the 2002 - 2003 Around Alone solo
yacht race proved she has talent, guts and determination
in equal measure.
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