Born in Scotland into a family of sailing enthusiasts, Emma has spent her entire life on the water. At 11 she was competing in dinghy world championships, and by 23 she had become the youngest member aboard Tracy Edward’s maxi-catamaran for the Jules Verne trophy. But it was her outstanding achievement in the 2002 Around Alone that caught the attention of the media and fired the imagination of the general public. As talented as she is courageous, Emma Richards has received widespread admiration in the sailing world and beyond. She lives on the Isle of Wight.