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January 11, 2020
7:00 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum - Cook Memorial Theater

In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the grueling Whitbread Round the World Race.

“What it takes to sail around the world is, first of all, you have to be a bit crazy. The ocean is always trying to kill you,” she narrates over a series of terrifying waves that would give even the Beach Boys pause. “It doesn’t take a break. You have to be different than the normal bloke.” Director Alex Holmes’ subjects are certainly different than normal blokes in that they’re the first all-female competitors to enter a boat into the Whitbread. As with all firsts, the quest to be taken seriously is almost as insurmountable as the actual task at hand. And the Whitbread is no easy feat; it’s 33,000 nautical miles in total and lasts nine months, most of which will be spent battling the Earth’s most plentiful and pissed off geographical resource, the ocean.

Ultimately the film has strong messages about teamwork, communication, perseverance, and courage.

This special showing is a benefit for Our Sisters’ School.

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