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09 February, 2005 - Published 11:50 GMT
New round-the-world record for yachtswoman
The British yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur, has become the fastest person ever to sail around the world single-handed. She broke the existing record by over a day when she crossed the finish line just off the French coast on Monday night. This report from Jane Peel:
It was just before ten-thirty, in the darkness close to the French coast, that Ellen MacArthur made history. It was witnessed by the official adjudicator, Claude Breton, and relayed over loudspeaker to team headquarters.
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The champagne flowed and there were smiles of relief. Ellen MacArthur had become the fastest person to sail solo around the world. It took her seventy-one days, fourteen-hours, eighteen-minutes and thirty-three seconds. She broke the record by more than a day. Despite the late hour and cold weather, more than a thousand people stood by the quayside watching the event on a giant screen. Some had travelled from Miss MacArthur's home county of Derbyshire.
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At the end of her remarkable twenty-seven-thousand mile voyage, Ellen MacArthur spoke briefly to her team manager and close friend, Mark Turner. She told him she was overjoyed.
Jane Peel, BBC
saw her off
(to be) in awe of