Monday, February 07, 2005

Ellen MacArthur

Britain's Ellen MacArthur has completed her single-handed round-the-world voyage in record-breaking time.
She crossed the finish line at 2230 GMT on Monday, beating the previous mark set by Frenchman Francis Joyon of 72 days, 22 hours, 54 mins and 22 secs. The Isle of Wight-based yachtswoman completed the 27,000-mile voyage in 71 days and under 13 hours. MacArthur said in a statement that she was "physically and mentally exhausted" but "absolutely overjoyed". Her exact time will be verified by the World Sailing Speed Records Council, whose officials were at the finish.
Her shore team were waiting to greet her on the navy patrol vessel HMS Severn, which will escort her B&Q trimaran into British water. MacArthur's project director Mark Turner admitted: "We thought it would be pretty hard - in fact, we thought we might have to have two or three goes at it. "I'm glad we did it the first time - I'm not sure we or she could deal with doing it second time.
"It was hard the whole time - there were very few moments of relaxation."


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