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Last Updated: Friday, 30 January, 2004, 08:38 GMT
Edwards unveils plans
Tracy Edwards and her Maiden Ocean Racing Qatar team have announced the start dates of two ocean races - The Oryx Cup and The Quest 2006.

The $1m (555,555) non-stop round-the-world Oryx Cup for 100ft multihulls and 90ft monohulls will start from the Solent in January 2005.

The first prize will be the biggest in sailing history - $1m (555,555).

The Quest 2006, a round-the-world race with stops, will start in December 2006 from Doha, Qatar.

Edwards' proposed 38m sponsorship programme from the state of Qatar has angered other race organisers including Bruno Peyron, the founder of The Race, a non-stop-round-the-world dash for giant mulithulls.

Edwards skippered the first all-female crew on Maiden in the 1989-90 Whitbread round-the-world race.

In 1998, Britain's Edwards became the first skipper to lead an all-women team in an attempt to break the round-the-world record.

The effort was ended when her multihull Royal and Sun Alliance suffered a broken mast in the southern ocean.

Edwards and her Maiden II crew hold the world record for the biggest distance covered in a 24-hour period of 694.78 nautical miles set in June 2002.


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