The South Street Seaport Museum announces a free screening of the award-winning documentary Maiden on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. on Pier 17 Rooftop (89 South Street). The evening will include a panel discussion before the film and a question-and-answer session after the film. For more information and to reserve your free tickets, visit seaportmuseum.org/maiden.
Maiden tells the incredible true story of Tracy Edwards, who assembled the first all-female crew to compete in the 1989 Whitbread Around the World Race, considered one of the most dangerous sailing competitions in the world. During their journey, Tracy and her crew not only conquered waves and fifty-foot icebergs, but also fought off a storm of sexism, doubt, and attacks from her male competitors and the press. Maiden is a film about guts and the power of determination, about how when we are allowed to believe in ourselves great things are possible.
Arrive early for a panel discussion with star Tracy Edwards, her daughter, Mackenna Edwards-Mair, and members of the Maiden team as they discuss past and present challenges for women in a predominantly male sport. A brief question and answer session will follow the screening for those who wish to stay.
“At 26, I was captain of the yacht Maiden, with the first all-female crew to circumnavigate the globe,” said Tracy Edwards, MBE and founder of The Maiden Factor Foundation. “We were told we couldn’t do it, but we showed what a level playing field sailing is. Now I make it my mission to champion girls’ education around the world.”
About Tracy Edwards
Tracy Edwards was kicked out of school at 15 and started sailing as a ship’s cook. Tracy overcame chronic seasickness to become a professional sailor in 1980 and embarked on her first Whitbread Round the World Race 1985-86 as the first girl to race on a Maxi when she joined ‘Atlantic Privateer’ as a crew member. Tracy rose to international fame in 1990 as skipper of the first all-female crew to circumnavigate the globe in the 1989/90 WRTWR race. Maiden won two races and finished second overall in her class, the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to date. Tracy received an MBE and became the first woman in its 34-year history to receive the Yachtsman of the Year trophy. After her success with Maiden, Tracy decided to cement her position as one of the world’s top female sailors by competing again in the Jules Verne Trophy non-stop round the world record in 1998 with an all-female crew. She was well on course for the record over half their course, but was thwarted by treacherous seas off the coast of Chile and her mast snapped in two. During their attempt, Tracy and her team broke 7 world records. Tracy retired from sailing around the world two years later while pregnant with her daughter Mackenna, and published her second book “Living Every Second”. In 2000/01 she created and led the world’s first equally mixed professional record and racing crew with Maiden II. The team broke many world records, including record 24 which became the fastest record in the world. In 2014, Maiden was found rotting in the Seychelles and raised funds to save her and bring her home to the UK and restore her former glory. The Maiden Factor was created to raise awareness and funds for the education of the 130 million girls around the world who are currently denied this fundamental right. Maiden is now on a three-year world tour to raise money for her charity The Maiden Factor Foundation and to encourage girls to pursue STEM subjects to broaden their career choices. Maiden is a global ambassador for empowering girls through education.
About South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic New York Harbor district, preserves and interprets New York’s history as a great seaport. Founded in 1967, the museum houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and educational spaces, 19th-century print shops and an active fleet of historic ships that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org