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Maiden Film + Q & A with Tracy Edwards
March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20
Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 26-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational 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 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, Tracy 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.
Wine & Cheese reception at 6:30pm
Q&A with Tracy Edwards follows the film, moderated by Playhouse Founder John Farr
A portion of the proceeds from this program will be donated to The Maiden Factor Foundation (www.maidenfactor.org), which works for the continued preservation of the yacht, Maiden, and to facilitate her ongoing three-year world tour with the mission of ‘inspiring and empowering women and girls to reach their potential through education and bringing awareness of gender inequality, specifically for disenfranchised women and girls globally with no access to education, to give them the fighting chance they deserve’.
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