I traded some PMs with @Capt MJ recently, because we're both into sailing and I suggested that if she hadn't seen it yet, to see the movie "Maiden".
This goes for all the sailors out there.
It chronicles the 5th Whitbread Round The World Race (RTWR) of 1989-90. I was fortunate enough to be there (in Fort Lauderdale) at the start of the last leg back to Southhampton. I felt like I was witnessing history in the making. These women became "rock stars" in the male-dominated world of racing yachts.
Tracy Edwards was the Skipper and her story along with interviews with the excellent crew she assembled for this 33,000 mile circumnavigation, is something that will tug at almost anyone's heart.
Candidates to service academies should watch it too - because if they could do what they did - then you can certainly persevere and get that appointment. Heck, your journey is easy, by comparison!