This is a feature length documentary about the woman Tracy Edwards and her yacht, the Maiden, with its all female crew in the 1989/90 running of what is now known as the Volvo Ocean Race. It's not often I go and see a documentary in the cinema, but with its release on International Women's Day, it seemed like a nice one to go and see. And you know what? It was. Really nice. It's an engaging underdog story and as you follow Edwards on her journey, both through life and towards acquiring her own racing yacht and during that great race around the world with her much ridiculed female crew, you can't help but root for her and the girls.
The film is put together using amateur footage shot by one of the crew members of the Maiden during the race and recent interviews, and it's nicely done. This is, of course, the story of strong women fighting for equality in the male dominated world of competitive ocean sailing, but it's also the kind of underdog story that's always fun to watch. Think Eddie the Eagle (another Edwards, though no relation of Tracy I trust) or Cool Runnings. Only this one is not fictionalized and lacks the visual effects that can only be achieved by professionals with professional filming equipment. That may yet happen, the story seems to beg for a big budget dramatisation. And if (or when) it happens I'll certainly seek it out.
As it is, this film is definitely worth watching. Informative and highly entertaining. I left the cinema smiling to myself and that's not a bad thing. Particularly not on Women's Day and after seeing what might be termed a feminist film. Highly recommended for all kinds of reasons.