Dame Ellen MacArthur
Kirsty Young's castaway is yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
Kirsty Young's castaway is the solo yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. She was 28 when she became the fastest person to sail solo around the world, and has been called the 'first true heroine of the 21st century'. She still sails with friends and with the charity she set up for children with cancer and leukaemia, but her ambition now is to try to find a way of living the same sustainable existence on land that she lives at sea. When your life depends on it, she says, you realise how scarce food and fuel really are.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Boys of Summer by Don Henley
Book: SAS Survival Handbook by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
Luxury: A fluffy purple worm (which has been taken everywhere).