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Maiden

This documentary is the story of the first-ever all-female crew to sail the Whitbread Round the World race in 1989. The film uses a combination of archival video footage montaged with the crew members, members of the press, and skippers of other boats in the race in the present day reflecting on their experience during that race. This is a fascinating and inspiring film of Tracy Edwards, who was in her 20’s at the time. She was a problem teenager who ran away from home at 16 and “never did finish anything she started”. She happened to get a job as a cook on one a boat during one of the around-the-world races and after that was determined to sail around the world with an all-women crew. What is particularly insightful, from the different perspectives, is the level of chauvinism by the male race teams and the press; everyone was betting against their failure, and it even took nearly three years to raise money to finance the trip because no one would sponsor them or take them seriously. I loved the film and found it totally inspiring; big thumbs up from me. It is a testament to the strong determination of this group of women, and it is a film that should interest girls and young women, particularly those who don’t remember a time when such chauvinism was rampant. (2019; 5 Stars)

 

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