B&Q and ELLEN MAC ARTHUR
British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur unveiled her new boat in Australia - 8 Jan 2004.
Ellen's latest venture is with B&Q and the now renamed Castorama. You can follow Ellen's adventures every day by visiting www.yachting-world.com or use the links below......
The 75ft trimaran will attempt to break solo speed sailing records, including the 24-hour and trans-Atlantic records. MacArthur said the boat, named B&Q Castorama, was designed specifically for solo racing.
She said: "There aren't many boats that exist like her. She's designed to go across oceans very quickly with one person on board."
MacArthur became a star in the yachting world after finishing second in the Vendee Globe solo non-stop round-the-world race in 2001. Her new boat, the three-hulled B&Q, has 100ft-high mast and was designed by France-based Nigel Irens and built in Somersby, which is 50 miles north of Sydney.
MacArthur stayed in Sydney for several months to test out the boat while it was being finished. She said: "We basically said, 'Forget the rule book, we want to build the fastest boat, how are we going to do it?'" The 27-year-old from Derbyshire said sailing the new boat was "powerful and not as violent as sailing smaller boats".
She was launching the London Boat Show via a video link from Sydney on Thursday. MacArthur's last record attempt, to set the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the globe last February failed when the mast on Kingfisher 2 broke in the Southern Ocean.
From June 2004 onwards MacArthur will be attempting the solo trans-Atlantic record which stands at seven days two hours (Bourgnon in 1994).
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