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Transcript of Ellen Mcarthur
How AMAZING is that?
Ellen was born at Derbyshire in 8th July 1976 (age 37) and has 2 brothers Fergus and Lewis. She had her early intrest in sailing.firstly by her desire to emulate her idol at the time, Sophie Burke. . Her first experience of sailing was on a boat owned by her Aunt Thea MacArthur on the east coast of England. She saved her school dinner money to buy a boat for THREE years!! When she was 17 she bought a boat and called it the Iduna, she described the first moment she saw it as "love at first sight". In 1995 she sailed Iduna single-handed on a circumnavigation of Great Britain.
On Monday, February 7th 2005, Britain's 28 year-old Ellen MacArthur achieved what many sailors only dream of: She single-handedly sailed around the world. The 5 ft. 2" woman from Northern England's landlocked county of Derbyshire sailed into port yesterday, in record time. Around the world in 71 days!
71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds -- to be exact.
The British "Dame", who began sailing at theage of four, set the world record yesterday beating Frenchman Francis Joyon's previous record which was set in 2004.
When a man in England becomes a knight he is called "Sir." When a woman becomes a knight she's called "Dame."
Yesterday, MacArthur beat Joyon by 33 hours. And in a boat that was 15 feet shorter than Joyon's.
The first person to sail solo around the world was Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Knox-Johnston, who is now 65 years of age, sailed into the record books in 1969. It took him 312 days in a 32 foot wooden yacht Suhaili.
The first woman to sail around the world, and the oldest, was Pat Henry. On May 5th 1997, she anchored her 31-foot sailboat, Southern Cross, in Acapulco Harbor. She started her journey in 1989.
MacArthur had made a previous attempt in February 2001. In the Vendee Globe race, it took her just more than 94 days to become the fastest woman and youngest person to sail alone around the world.
Now, she has a new record.
England's Queen Elizabeth II said:
I'm delighted to learn that you have completed your round-the-world journey in record time.
Since you set sail last November, your progress has been followed by many people in Britain and throughout the world, who have been impressed by your courage, skill and stamina.
I send you my warmest congratulations on your remarkable and historic achievement.
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Main article: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
In 2003, MacArthur set up the Ellen MacArthur Trust (now the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust), a registered charity, to take young people, aged between 8 and 24 inclusive, sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illnesses.
In 2008 MacArthur joined forces with other sports celebrities to launch an appeal to raise £4 million for the Rainbows children's hospice. The aim is to give terminally ill young people their own customised sleeping unit to enable children in separate age groups to have their families stay with them.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Main article: Ellen MacArthur Foundation