Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New "Round The World Sailing" Record

British sailor Ellen MacArthur sealed her place in sailing's pantheon by breaking the solo round-the-world record, a fantastic feat that establishes her as arguably the greatest sailor Britain has ever produced.
Ellen MacArthur will arrive back in Britain today after sailing solo around the world in record time. She crossed the finish line at 2229 GMT on Monday, completing her 27,348-mile voyage in 71 days 14 hours 18 minutes and 33 seconds. That time meant she smashed the previous mark, set in 2004 by Frenchman Francis Joyon, by nearly 33 hours. Apart from breaking the remarkable time set by Frenchman Francis Joyon last year, MacArthur is only the second person ever to sail solo non-stop around the world on a multi-hull boat.
Crowds have gathered in Falmouth and along the coast to welcome her home.
And tributes have already been pouring in from fellow sailors, fans and other public figures.
You can follow the highs and lows of Ellen MacArthur's historic round-the-world sailing record with this animated guide.
For latest updates check out Ellen’s official website.

Source: BBC