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Last chance to catch Maiden on the big screen

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If you missed it first time around, here's your last chance to see the Maiden documentary on the big screen in New Zealand.

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-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.

Edwards' 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 Edwards 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, Edwards 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.

This special screening, brought to you with support from Volvo Cars NZ, will be at the Rialto Cinema in Newmarket on September 12 (6pm). There will also be a panel discussion, facilitated by NZL Sailing Foundation patron Peter Montgomery, which includes original Maiden doctor Claire Russell, as well as recent crew members.

A free drink is available on arrival and all funds from ticket sales go to NZ Sailing Trust Youth development programmes.

Maiden and Edwards visited New Zealand earlier this year as part of their world tour to help put the spotlight on female education. The documentary screened around the country previously as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Maiden movie and Q&A

  • Thursday, September 12, 6pm-8.30pm (movie starts 6.30pm)
  • Rialto Cinema Newmarket
  • Sponsored by Volvo Cars NZ and supported by Yachting NZ
  • Free drink available on arrival
  • Tickets $20 per person (plus booking fee)
  • Tickets available from Eventbrite
  • Q&A session with recent Maiden crew members. There will be a business card draw and a ticket draw.
  • All funds from ticket sales go to NZ Sailing Trust Youth development programmes