third in Isle challenge 18 June 2005
Dame Ellen MacArthur and her record- breaking
trimaran B&Q were beaten into third in their
category in Saturday's Round the Island Isle of Wight
28-year-old took seven hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds
to complete the 50-mile course - 17.06 mins behind Open
60 class winner Emma
clocked 07:44.59 in Pindar Alphagraphics, with fellow
Briton Mike Golding and Ecover second in 07:53.08.
said: "We couldn't keep up but we loved every
minute of it." The fastest round-the-world
solo sailor was competing in the Island challenge for
the third time - but it was the first occasion for her
75ft boat. She was one of almost 1700 competitors taking
part in the event, which started and finished off Cowes
and went anti-clockwise around the island.
MacArthur will turn her attention to her attempt on the
solo trans-Atlantic record, which is planned for
September. Last June, she missed out on setting a
new mark by just 75 minutes.
record - set by France's Laurent Bourgnon on the 60ft
trimaran Primagaz in 1994 - stands at seven days, two
hours, 34 minutes, 42 seconds. And the Briton
believes this quest could be her toughest yet.
"A lot of people say 'Oh you've been around the
world, what's the point of doing the
trans-Atlantic?'", she said.
that's not reality. The reality is you have to work that
much harder to break the trans-Atlantic record, albeit
just for seven days. "If you lose time, you
haven't got much time to catch up. "It's the
difference between a marathon and a sprint."
is also heavily involved with the Ellen MacArthur Trust,
a charity set up to help children suffering from cancer
or leukaemia by introducing them to the joys of
a big priority," she added.
A TRUST ?
aim of the Ellen MacArthur Trust is to support children
suffering from cancer or leukaemia by introducing them
to the pleasure of sailing on the sea. The 'Trust'
is a charity and as such may invite tax exempt
contributions for the objects stated. Likewise,
donations are tax deductible. This RYA
operate a similar scheme know as 'Sailability' for
disabled persons. The
Ellen MacArthur Trust was launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur on 2nd January 2003.
The main objects of the Trust are: "To
alleviate the suffering and promote the well-being of
children and young persons between the ages of 6 and 18
suffering from cancer, leukaemia or other serious
illness by providing facilities for sailing
IT ALL BEGAN
It all began in the summer of 2000 before the start of
the Vendée Globe round-the-world race.
Ellen went sailing in France with a group of children
suffering from cancer and leukaemia. These trips were
organised by a French charity called ‘A Chacun son Cap’,
which translates to “Everyone has a Goal’.
Dame Ellen noticed how the children has so enjoyed the
day. There was so much laughter. Dame Ellen said
it was one of the best day’s sailing she'd ever had. She is quoted as saying:
“We laughed so much we had tears in our eyes.” Ellen
worked with 'A Chacun son Cap' and also 'Sargent Cancer
Care' for a
couple of years. 'The Ellen
MacArthur Trust', is a registered charity, number 1096491.
LIFE ON BOARD
The main activity of the Trust involves taking affected children
between the ages of 6 and 18 for sea outings. These
short voyages may last
several days and nights, visiting as many different
ports as possible, during which time the guests and crew live and sleep on
board. By this means it is hoped the children get
a taste of adventure and a feel of life on the ocean
wave. The boats used during the 2004 season were larger cruising yachts,
being ideal accommodation for these events.
As with the RYA sailability scheme, the sport of sailing
gives these children the chance to try their hand at
something exciting and different. It is a hands
on adventure where each child is offered the chance to
participate and it is hoped gains that much more
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE ELLEN MAC ARTHUR TRUST
Ellen MacArthur Trust
Isle of Wight
Company number 4597114
Registered charity no. 1096491
Please contact the Trust Manager:
The Kingfisher Flat
Middle Washbourne Farm
+44 (0)1803 732 094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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