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UK | 2018 | 97 mins
Director: Alex Holmes
They were told no because they were women. This is the true story that proved everyone wrong.
In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?
Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation.
MAIDEN is a film about guts and the power of determination, about how when we are allowed to believe in ourselves great things are possible. It’s the story of a young girl who dared to dream and of a team that came together to challenge chauvinism and set an example to the world. – Alex Holmes, Director MAIDEN