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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. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

  • Director: Alex Holmes
  • Country: UK
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 01:37:00
  • imdb Score: 7.5/10 (300 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG
  • Cast: Tracy Edwards
"MAIDEN celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world's entrenched sexism."
Kerry Lengel - ARIZONA REPUBLIC

"With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing MAIDEN crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit."
Katie Walsh - TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

"An incredible story, and Holmes keeps a sharp eye on its cultural commentary to make it a part of a contemporary conversation."
Nick Allen - ROGEREBERT.COM

AWARDS

Dublin International Film Festival 2019
Best Film

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018

Helsinki DocPoint Documentary Festival 2019

Dublin Film Festival 2019

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2019

Sydney Film Festival 2019

Int'l Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2019