Review: MAIDEN

By: Renee’ C.
Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 (IMDB).

This film is a fascinating step by step look at how Edwards took her ambition to be a sailor by participating in the male dominated Whitbread race. I am still somewhat surprised at the total and complete sexism that was overtly present in the seventies but it still exists today although somewhat more covertly. Ever since men have told women they couldn’t do something many have bravely stepped forward to prove they could. Accomplishing their goals with all the odds stacked against them. I admire and respect them all.

This film is powerful because the have actual footage of their voyage and it brings the viewer closer into their story. Several crew members are interviewed and while they are laying out their story we see footage of every stage of the race. We understand what it took to not only finally enter the race but get across the finish line.

I recommend this film to anyone wanting to see what obstacles women have had to experience and overcome to attain their goals despite the obstacles set in their path. It is a well-made in depth look at their journey.

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