• 2018
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alex Holmes

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Maiden is the inspirational 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.

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Tracy’s 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 they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are men’s equals.

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4 Mar 20194 stars

A trailblazing female yachting crew are the focus of Alex Holmes's powerful documentary

Yachting journalist Bob Fisher famously referred to the first all-female crew who entered the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 as 'a tin full of tarts,' such was the media condescension and sexism towards these brave women. Fisher is interviewed…

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