The incredible, against-all-odds story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.


“An all-women crew’s entry in a fabled around-the-world yacht race gets a lively retelling in this exciting, inspiring documentary” - Variety

“Both timely and intensely relevant” - IndieWire 

“Bravery, empowerment, & incredible pacing make this sailing doc a must-see” - The Playlist

"A rousing record of a remarkable accomplishment that says as much about British bloody-mindedness as it does about female fortitude and underdog pluck” ★★★★ - Empire

"A knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit” ★★★★ - Time Out

★★★★ - The Sunday Times

★★★★ - Daily Mirror


Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides: 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 they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal of men.


Production Company: New Black Films Limited

Director: Alex Holmes

Executive Producer: James Erskine, Oli Harbottle, Anna Godas

Producer: Victoria Gregory, Alex Holmes

Screenplay: Alex Holmes

Cinematographer:  Chris Openshaw

Editor: Katie Bryer

Music: Rob Manning, Samuel Sim

Principal Cast: Tracy Edwards


Filmmaker: Alex Holmes Country: UK
Runtime: 93'
Year: 2018
Format: HD



Nominated- Best Documentary Feature- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Archival Documentary - Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Sports Documentary - Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary - Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards



TIFF 2018

Sundance International Film Festival 2019

SXSW 2019

Tribeca Film Festival 2019