Film Festival Features Groundbreaking Female Whitbread Skipper

An image from “Maiden” shows the all-women round-the-world racing crew in 1989.

A not-yet-released documentary about the first female crew in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race is coming ton Annapolis next week.

The Annapolis Film Festival is holding a screening of “Maiden” on Wednesday, June 19, at Maryland Hall’s Bowen Theater.

“Maiden” is a Sony Classic Pictures film about Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old charter boat cook, who became the skipper of the groundbreaking all-women crew that entered the Whitbread in 1989. At the time, the highest level of sailboat racing was almost exclusively male, and Edwards’ team encountered widespread doubt, but persevered anyway.

Watch the trailer below:

Edwards herself and the film’s direct, Alex Holmes, will both be at the Maryland Hall screening for a reception and Q&A after the film. Holmes also directed the documentary “Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story,” as well as the series “House of Saddam,” in which he also was writer.

The film will be released in theaters June 28.

Tickets for the June 19th screening are sold out online, but some will be available for cash at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 7:15. Click here for more information.

-Meg Walburn Viviano