”I picked 11 bloody feisty women.” – Tracy Edwards

What is it like to sail around the world? Maiden is a documentary about groundbreaking skipper Tracy Edwards (born 1962). The roaring ocean was not the only challenge for Edwards and the crew of her ship, Maiden, in 1989. They also had to face the proverbial glass ceiling, the media circus and the investors who laughed at the idea of the first all-female yacht crew.

Coming from a tough English family background, Edwards ran away to Greece in her teens. She worked as a cook before coincidence made her a skipper for the legendary Whitbread Round the World Race when she was mere 24 years old. The yacht race takes its competitors literally around the world, with a route length of 45 000 kilometres. Maiden’s voyage lasted nine months in total.

The film received praise at the Toronto Film Festival, with the charismatic Tracy Edwards sparkling at its focus. Still, all twelve women of the Maiden crew are so interesting that each one of them would deserve a film of their own. One of the crew members is Finnish sailor Mikaela von Koskull. ”I picked 11 bloody feisty women,” says Edwards.

Riikka Pennanen

Language: English

  • Director: Alex Holmes
  • Country: UK
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 94 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Chris Openshaw
  • Editing: Katie Bryer
  • Music: Rob Manning, Samuel Sim
  • Production: Victoria Gregory, Alex Holmes / New Black Films Limited


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