ROCKLAND — Maiden, a documentary about the skipper of the first-ever, all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race, will be shown at the Strand Theatre with screenings on July 27 - August 7.
Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, aspired to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Her inspirational dream was opposed on all sides, according to the Strand, in a news release: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing her crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Edwards refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line.
Although blessed with tremendous self-belief, Edwards was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.
The film is directed by Alex Holmes and is rated PG. Running time is 1 hour 37 minutes.
Tickets will be available at the door: $9/Adults; $8/Seniors, Children Under 12, Matinees, and Mondays; and $7/Strand Theatre Members.