Exhilarating, suspenseful, and emotionally charged, this documentary from director AlexHolmes chronicles Tracy Edwards’s 1989-90 precedent-setting sea voyage around the world with an all-female crew.The Whitbread Round the World Race (rechristened the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001) was considered an exclusively masculine endeavour when Edwards came along and, in the face of much sexist condescension, proved that skill, perseverance, and courage at sea know no gender. Maiden traces Edwards’s formative experiences: the idyllic childhood that came to a devastating halt with her father’s death and the adolescent rebelliousness that resulted in her expulsion from school. At 16, she ran away to Greece, where she had her first taste of these a faring life, rapidly graduating from cook to deckhand to first mate. She was still in hermid-twenties when she became determined to participate in the Whitbread with a crew of talented women from around the world. With its fundraising challenges and heated rivalries,the journey to prepare the Maiden was already complicated. But it was just the beginning of an epic adventure.
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