Cover story 05/05: Ellen MacArthur
The trimaran "B&Q" is heading for France. The command is the French and Offshore Challenges employee Olivier Allard, responsible for the construction of the record vehicle.
Ellen MacArthur's arrival in Falmouth was overwhelming. It wasn't just the skipper herself who felt that way. Experts are certain that sailing has seldom received such general attention. "That's the ellen factor," said Lou Newlands two years ago, next to MacArthur's business partner Mark Turner, one of the most important players in Offshore Challenges.
Was it difficult to leave "B&Q" after 71 days? "This time it wasn't as bad as it was four years ago when I came home with the Open 60 'Kingfisher' after the Vendée Globe Challenge. I knew that an era was over, that I would no longer have my beloved boat for a long time I would sail alone. With the trimaran, on the other hand, I want to leave again soon. There are more records out there that want to be broken."
All details in YACHT 05/2005 - from February 23 at the kiosk.