I don’t know what I was doing in 1989 but I have ZERO recollection of this story of an all-female crew sailing around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Every three years, a group of crews and yachts race around the world–35,000 nautical miles! Tracy Edwards, a brash and bold woman, decided to assemble an all-female crew and enter the race.
The 1980s was a time when males harbored a very condescending opinion of woman entering arenas that were traditionally dominated by men. Twenty-four year old Tracy Edwards struggled to find funding and support for her mission. British film-maker Alex Holmes takes a chronological approach to telling the story of Maiden and her crew. He wisely starts with Tracy Edwards who was a misfit and troubled teenager. But once Tracy started sailing, her dream of competing in the Whitbread Yacht Race blossomed. Tracy mortgaged her house to buy a beat-up 58-foot aluminum racing yacht which she and her crew rehabbed.
The actual race, with footage from 1989 and 1990, presents the thrills of the race mixed with the dangers of the ocean and the grueling life aboard a small ship for nine months. Plenty of things go wrong, many obstacles need to be overcome. Ups and downs abound! Maiden inspires with the grit and determination of Tracy Edwards and her impressive crew. Highly recommended! GRADE: A