Maiden

Director: Alex Holmes

Winner of Audience Award at 2019 Dublin International Film Festival

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World 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 the women 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 starting line.

Although blessed with tremendous belief in herself, Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts. She was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew, including San Juan Islander Amanda “Mandy Swan” Neal. With their help she went on to shock the sports world and prove that women are very much the equal of men. 

 

Released in 2018
97 minutes
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