Tracy Edwards is a British sailor. She is the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded an MBE honour.
We are back! And today we are joined by one of our must unique and inspiring women we've had on the show.  We are joined by Tracy Edwards, a British sailor who skippered the first all female crew to sail around the globe in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.  Tracy, her crew, and their yacht, The Maiden made headlines all over the world and now have a great documentary about their journey.  Check out Tracy's interview and "Maiden" today.  She is amazing, funny, and incredible intelligent.  Check it out!   We also talk about Dolemite, Burlew's encounter with a tiny man, and a story about an exploding toilet.   Follow us! FB-verbalshenanigans Twitter-VScomedy IG-verbalshenanigans    
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? The thing everyone said was impossible,  that you knew you had to do anyway, and that you doubted a thousand times while it was underway that you’d be able to see through to the end? There’s a good chance you can think of at least one example. And an even better chance it doesn’t even come close in monumental, soul-smelting intensity to what Tracy Edwards put herself through back in 1989 to 1990, along with the all-female crew of her racing yacht Maiden. In that year, with the dismissive, derisive, mostly male eyes of the racing world upon them, this 9 member crew proved beyond a doubt that they could sail every bit as skillfully and fearlessly as their male competitors in the Whitbread Round-the-World-yacht-race. They crossed the southern ocean from Uruguay to Australia, surviving icebergs and deadly waves to win the most difficult leg of the race, then beat their closest rival, move for move, in a tactical sprint to New Zealand. By the time they made it home to England, derision had long given way to admiring awe. Tracy and her crew did a thing everyone thought was impossible. And in doing so they gave hope to countless others. The documentary film MAIDEN, out from Sony Pictures Classics, captures every leg of their incredible journey, and shows the full cost and rewards of Tracy’s single-minded persistence. Surprise conversation starters in this episode: Explorer Erling Kagge on journeys and solitude Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In 1989, 26-year-old skipper Tracy Edwards set out on what was thought of as an unthinkable journey for a woman — to sail the 33,000 mile Whitbread Round The World Race. She assembled an all-female crew, restored a shabby racing yacht, and took to sea. The new documentary 'Maiden' tracks their 9-month-long race and the sexism they faced at every turn. Edwards spoke with 'Fresh Air' contributor Dave Davies. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Yesterday,' by 'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle.
In 1989 Tracy Edwards led the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, a grueling yachting competition covering 33,000 miles and lasting nine months. Filmmaker Alex Holmes is joined by Tracy for a compelling conversation about what it takes to endure this brutal race and to produce a documentary about it years later. 
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Sep 5th, 1962
City of London, England, United Kingdom
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3 hours, 38 minutes