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Maiden (2018)

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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.


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Credited cast:
Frank Bough Frank Bough ... Himself (archive footage)
John Chittenden John Chittenden ... Himself
Bruno Du Bois Bruno Du Bois ... Himself
Pat Edwards Pat Edwards ... Herself (archive footage)
Tracy Edwards Tracy Edwards ... Tracy Edwards
Bob Fisher Bob Fisher ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Gibbons Howard Gibbons ... Himself
Jo Gooding Jo Gooding ... Herself
Nancy Harris Nancy Harris ... Herself
Angela Heath Angela Heath ... Herself
Marie-Claude Heys Marie-Claude Heys ... Herself
Sally Hunter Sally Hunter ... Herself
Jeni Mundy Jeni Mundy ... Herself
Skip Novak Skip Novak ... Himself
Barry Rickthall Barry Rickthall ... Himself


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.

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They Were Told No Because They Were Women. This is the True Story That Proved Everyone Wrong


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, thematic elements, some suggestive content and brief smoking images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

28 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zeglarki See more »

Filming Locations:

Southampton, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,931, 30 June 2019

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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Black Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2014 Tracy Edwards learned that her boat, "Maiden," was rotting on the rocks in The Seychelles, a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, where it had been abandoned by its owner two years before. She crowdfunded the money to repurchase the wreck in 2016, and took another year to restore it at Southampton, where she and her crew had rebuilt it the first time in 1989. As of 2019, it is on a three-year world tour to raise money and awareness for girls' access to education in poorer nations. Her project is called "The Maiden Factor." See more »

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Great story, well presented with a tiny bit of nonsense
1 August 2019 | by DcamplissonSee all my reviews

This is a gem. A great story about two things. One the first all female team to enter an around the world race. And an almost Greek epic tale of perseverance and success. Edwards is shown "warts and all" with insecurities, temper tantrums and self doubt. Despite this, or maybe because of it, she emerges as a genuine heroine. Someone has the foresight to shoot a lot of film during the race so we don't just rely on interviews or narration, but we get to see the actual race and its marvelous. The interviews with the ladies are well edited and you really get a very good picture of their real lives back then. Not marring the film, but a bit distracting, is the musing o feminism which is probably inevitable, as they were mocked and patronized by other racers and by the media. However the doc shows, without irony how the nascent feminists don sexy swimsuits to distract the media. Then as now "isms" are generally not propelling the story. One minor issue (but again it doesn't spoil the film) is a lack of any explanation of terms that those unfamiliar with yacht racing may not understood. Several time "match racing" is mentioned but its never explained, so its unclear why it is important. Similarly, it is explained that boats can win a "leg" of a race, but its never explained how winning discrete legs figures in to winning overall. If it whomever wins most legs? Yes? No? Where the film really scores big is in showing how a race (and by implication anything else) is more than a race, and how rising to a challenge can change entire lives. Reminiscent of the "Seeing the Elephant" effect experienced by settlers who walked West in the USA during the theft of Indian lands, the race becomes something much bigger and much more significant. Although the film sometimes slips into misanthropy, it should, really, be able to inspire any women or (if I can mention them) men. Yes its about a female team in a race, but its really about humans in any situation where they can fail big (if you fail at sea you die) or succeed.

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