Maiden inspires women in maritime

Wednesday October 02, 2019 Written by Published in Entertainment
Tracey Edwards on board the “Maiden” in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race in 1989. 19100115 Tracey Edwards on board the “Maiden” in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race in 1989. 19100115

Tracy Edwards became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World yacht race.

 

Their yacht Maiden finished in second place after 167 days at sea, racing around the world.

Her inspiring story is now a movie, which screen at the Empire Theatre at 6pm today, in celebration of World Maritime Day – and to raise funds for Cook Islands Women in Maritime.

A British sailor, Edwards begin her journey on the ocean as a 24-year-old cook on charter boats.

At the documentary’s premiere, Edwards said: “I hope people—in particular girls—will see that you don’t have to be perfect to succeed.”

“If you are doing something that you are absolutely passionate about, and truly believe that you can do it – you can do it. Anything is possible. I hope my story visibly demonstrates that. Many people did not think we could race, and we accomplished it. We believed in ourselves.”

She concluded: “I am very proud to have proved that women are capable of accomplishing anything.”

The Cook Islands Women in Maritime association’s objectives are to assist with the establishment of women in national maritime associations in the Pacific region.

Tickets to tonight’s screening are $10.

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