In 1990 Tracy skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race. 'Maiden' won two legs and came second overall in her class, the best result for a British boat since '77, and unbeaten to this day. Tracy became the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded the MBE.
Four years later Tracy began to set her sights on the Jules Verne Trophy, and the non-stop circumnavigation record. She organised another all-female crew, raised sponsorship from Royal & Sun Alliance and put together the first major multihull project in Britain. Tracy and her crew broke the female Trans Atlantic record and the male Australia to New Zealand record. They also smashed the Channel record with an average speed of 22.7 knots.
Unfortunately, the round-the-world attempt was cut short when her catamaran ran into storm conditions in the most dangerous ocean on the planet. 2,300 miles from the nearest land, the girls lost their rig. Determined not to bring anyone out to their rescue, they built a makeshift mast and took 16 days to sail to Chile.