Posts Tagged ‘sailing’


I’ve been taking a bit of a break from writing this week, way to busy with other projects – and have also been sailing out in the Atlantic with a friend of mine. We went to collect his boat which had been chartered on a one way trip to bring back home.

The view from the plane as we approached our departure point...

I’ve been sailing with him before off the coast of our little island and really enjoyed it, great fun as a day trip. But I think after this trip my deep ocean days are over! First night, serious sea sickness,after which I immediately went to sleep in my cabin to awake to the views of the open ocean, and the rest of it, well, just sea, sea and more sea, and a bit more sleep.

Not feeling to great – I slept a lot! I missed the dolphins my friends along on the trip saw – the one thing I really wanted to see (but did see the somewhat menacing shark fin as we left our departure marina) – and I missed the swim in 3 mile deep waters… I slept through the highlights. Musing to myself, I came to the conclusion that this type of long journey is like sitting in a floating caravan for hours with no way to stretch your legs. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman of the week – Ellen MacArthur

As I said when I started this regular Friday post not everyone who appears here is here purely for their looks. This weeks woman of the week certainly isn’t. Sorry Ellen – no offence intended!

ellen_macarthurI am including her for here achievements – and great achievements they are!

I used to live not far from where Ellen was brought up (you can’t get much more inland in the UK than Derbyshire) so was aware of her to some degree from local press before she shot to fame – and no doubt fortune. Ellen MacArthur  has done more than most will ever achieve in a lifetime – and she’s only 33 now, so who knows what else is to come.

An incredibly driven woman, amongst other things she has;

  • in 1997 she finished 17th in the Mini Transat solo transatlantic race after fitting out her own yacht
  • in June 2000 she sailed the monohull Kingfisher from Plymouth, UK to Newport, Rhode Island, USA in 14 days, 23 hours, 11 minutes. This is the current record for a single-handed monohull east-to-west passage, and also the record for a single-handed woman in any vessel.
  • first came into the public eye  in 2001 when she came second in the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world sailing race in her boat Kingfisher (for which she was given and MBE)
  • in June 2004, MacArthur sailed her trimaran B&Q/Castorama from Ambrose Light, Lower New York Bay, USA to Lizard Point, Cornwall, UK in 7 days, 3 hours, 50 minutes. This set a new world record for a transatlantic crossing by women, beating the previous crewed record as well as the singlehanded version
  • in February 2005 she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe! Read the rest of this entry »
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