How Tracy Edwards led an all-female crew around the world and changed the sport of sailing forever

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Justin Kaufmann and “Maiden” star Tracy Edwards

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Tracy Edwards, leader of the first all-female crew in 1989’s Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, joins Justin on Extension 720 to discuss discuss the documentary  film, “Maiden,” which follows Tracy and her crew’s inspirational journey that stunned their male competitors and changed the sport of long-distance racing for all women who followed. Tracy talks about where the idea for making this documentary comes from, how they were able to capture such incredible footage of the race, being surprised at how much she remembered of the event, the amount of pressure the crew faced, having to deal with misogyny and sexism in the sport, the lifelong bond she created with her crew and if she considers herself a feminist.

This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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