challenge the Jules Verne record, Ellen MacArthur and
her 13 team members loaded half a ton of vitals onto the
catamaran sailboat co-sponsored by B&Q
went into refit in Cowes late august (2003) The
craft came in for refinements designed to save
weight. The engines and propellers were removed
and tiny generators fitted. Finally, a 10kg kitbag
allowance and improved sails reduced the mass of the
original boat by as much as 1.5 tons, to 10
the attempt failed dramatically while they were in sight
of the record, when first a dagger-board broke, which
was fixed en-route, and then their mast snapped.
Bad luck Ellen. We hope this will not deter,
probably, the finest yacht-woman in the world, from
having another go - eventually.
venture is with B&Q and the now renamed Catorama.
You can follow Ellen's adventures every day by visiting www.yachting-world.com
or try the links below......
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