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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Poignant, thrilling tale of groundbreaking female sailors.

Movie PG 2019 97 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Great movie about perseverance

It's a wonderful documentary about the first transatlantic sailing race with a team of only women. There is some cursing and the main character deals with an abusive stepfather.

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age 9+


I don’t understand why it is PG, but this is an amazing movie otherwise! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I think kids 9+ would enjoy it, but it might bore kids under that age. I think that the main sailor, Tracy is such an inspiration to young girls all around the world! And I think that it’s a lesson telling them that they can do what they want, even if someone tells you you can’t do it. This is a great lesson, especially with the discrimination that’s going around these days.

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Is It Any Good?

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A surprisingly moving and thrilling adventure, this little-known story makes for an epic documentary. Audiences don't need to know anything about sailing or yacht races to appreciate and feel utterly absorbed in Holmes' chronicle of not only Edwards and her crew's mission to get the sponsorships necessary to compete in the Whitbread, but also the pulse-quickening details of the race itself. Holmes and editor Katie Bryer capture the tension of the race, interspersing vintage footage with the first-hand accounts.

Although this isn't a game-changing documentary, the women certainly broke noteworthy ground. It's a shame that it's taken decades for these pioneers to get the attention they deserve. Of course there were news pieces about the crew and race in 1989 and 1990, but they mostly covered the "novelty" of the crew rather than the general awe-inspiring nature of Tracy, Jeni, Mikaela, Sally, Dawn, Angela, Claire, Nancy, and the rest of the crew's accomplishment. The story of the female sailors who restored the Maiden (a much smaller-than-average boat) to race in the great ocean race -- and kept going despite a lack of respect, support, or confidence -- sends an outstanding message of perseverance and believing in your dreams.

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