Having heard rave reviews about the film, Maiden, I was sure I would enjoy it.
I knew it was about the first all-female crew to race in the Whitbread Around the World Challenge yacht race, so I expected to be inspired. This award-winning documentary did not disappoint.
The suspense of the race was certainly riveting and the documentary was wonderfully made.
But the most remarkable part of the film was the seeing the determination and commitment of the young Tracy Edwards. She decided to embark on the audacious effort of getting funding for a suitable boat and recruiting an all-female crew — in 1989. And, having done both, she courageously lead that crew through challenges that would have crushed most of us.
Against tremendous odds, she persevered — she found a way to make all of it happen. She withstood withering ridicule from the press and her sailing peers. She coped with enormous doubts and crushing pressure. And she never gave up.
She not only showed the world it could be done — she grew in immeasurable ways. As did her fabulous crew.
Watch the trailer here. Then find a theater where it’s playing, and go to see it. Every minute of this film is worth savoring.