She's done it

by Volker Weber

B&Q skipper, Ellen MacArthur, crossed the finish line off Ushant at 22:29:17 GMT tonight (Monday, 7.2.05) to set a new solo, non-stop round the world record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. MacArthur has taken 1 day, 8 hours, 35 minutes, 49 seconds off the previous fastest 72 day, 22 hours, 54 minute solo time of Francis Joyon (Joyon finished his record attempt on 3.2.04).

From Ellen minutes after crossing the line: "I cannot believe it, I absolutely cannot believe it. It hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think until I see faces again that it's reallly going to sink in. It's been an absolutely unbelievable journey, both physically and mentally. I'm absolutely overjoyed."

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Comments

I saw that on the Beeb's front page - very nicely done. Her boat's a beauty, too.

Inappropriate terminology award of the day: "It hasn't sunk in yet".

Robert Dow, 2005-02-08

Ich ziehe meinen Hut vor dieser Lady ... Wirklich eine englaubliche Leistung - auch wenn sich vermutlich manche[r] fragt/sagt: "Was soll's?" ... aber das gehört zum Menschsein dazu: Etwas wagen, was sonst keiner wagt - new borders ... Hach, wieso bin ich heut' so philosophisch ;-))

Stephan Perthes, 2005-02-08

To boldly go where no (wo)man has gone before ;-)

Christian Voigt, 2005-02-08

Vor Monaten sah ich mal eine Dokumentation über sie, im Wesentlichen von ihr selbst Gedrehtes von der Vendeé-Globe-Regatta 2001. Die Strapazen, die sie und natürlich auch andere Segler bei so einer "Reise" auf sich nehmen, sind unfassbar.

Oliver Regelmann, 2005-02-08

…the sword of the oceans — beautiful boat.

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2005-02-09

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