DIRECTOR: Alex Holmes
UK / 2018
SUNDAY 12 MAY 5:30PM / CINEMA 2
THURSDAY 16 MAY 10:00AM / CINEMA 1
RUNNING TIME: 93 MINS
An all-women crew’s entry in a fabled round the world yacht race gets a lively retelling in this exciting, inspiring documentary.
In 1989, both the yachtsmen and the media scoffed at the entry of an all-women crew in the annual Whitbread Round the World race, which lasts for 9 months. Could women have the dedication and the stamina to compete? This film addresses this situation through the eyes of Tracy Edwards, a 24 year-old cook on charter boats, who became skipper of the first ever all female crew. Little was expected of them, and indeed, Tracy and the other women faced many challenges, physically and financially, to be part of this epic event. Tracy’s friendship with King Hussein of Jordan was the tipping point in order to get the boat (Maiden) financed. The film recounts this incredible journey, the difficulties encountered, and the triumph of the women’s inspirational involvement in what was regarded as a male-only bastion.