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Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Maiden” excels as a suspenseful sports tale and a record of a historic first, but its biggest strength is in its warts-and-all character study of the Maiden crew. One can't help but feel seen, moved and empowered once the credits roll.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The film, at heart, is the story of women dramatically pitted against the dual forces of nature and human nature. Pity, then, that Holmes ultimately takes a frustratingly simplistic approach to the thematically rich material.
The GuardianFull Review Above Average Holmes recreates their adventure, using a lot of home movie footage of her childhood and early life... The boat was coyly called Maiden, and Alex Holmes's film also shows how it punningly bore the banner "Maiden Great Britain”. Their success was also a matter of patriotic pride.
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