Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing that the crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. She went on to shock the sporting world and prove that women are very much the equals of men.
“…a sleek, exhilarating documentary…” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“What we have from director Alex Holmes is a documentary with all the nervous-making energy of a first-rate drama; a cast of sailors who are both endearing and intelligent; and a delicately wrought suspense story.” — John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
“Even at its most visceral and exciting, it’s the emotion at the story’s core, and the higher principles at work, that make it transcendent.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
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