MAIDEN is a documentary film directed and produced by Alex Holmes that features British sailor Tracy Edwards. The documentary is playing now in Los Angeles and New York since June 28 and, this week, it expands to additional markets July 12. The film is also produced by Victoria Gregory.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to chat with Alex and Tracy. It was a fun interview and we spoke about Tracy’s accomplished on the race, why Alex wanted to make this documentary and much more.
More about the film
MAIDEN is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity.
But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief, Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.