Valencia, 5 May 2007 - Ellen MacArthur, the fastest sailor ever to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly, was wecomed onboard the Emirates Team New Zealand boat as 18th Man during the victory over United Internet Team Germany in the America’s Cup here today.
For MacArthur, in Valencia at the invitation of Omega for whom she has been a Brand Ambassador since 2002, the experience of being a member of such a large team was a novel one. “I am extremely excited about this new challenge,” she said before setting sail. “It is an adventure for me since I usually sail on my own.”
The 30-year-old MacArthur has proven herself a yachtswoman of extraordinary character, stamina and resistance. Apart from her world record, non-stop solo voyage around the world of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds, she set the transatlantic east-west solo record from Plymouth (UK) to Newport (US) and is one of the youngest people ever to be named a Dame Commander of the British Empire.
“Prior to sailing solo around the world again I want to conduct projects on regatta technological research,” she revealed, before adding: “I am currently working on the Barcelona World Cup and the Ellen MacArthur Trust for children.”
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