Flick Beckett from ‘Inside Picturehouse’ joins the podcast team to talk to director Alex Holmes and producer Victoria Gregory about their documentary Maiden: the extraordinary story of 24 year old Tracy Edwards who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Maiden tells the inspirational 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 Race in 1989.
Tracy’s dream met opposition on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it; the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure; potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew, she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal of men.
Maiden is out in cinemas now.
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