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Ellen MacArthur - All At Sea
Look through the storm to find solutions

Ellen MacArthur - All At SeaI can’t quite believe it but sadly this will be my last column for All at Sea for the foreseeable future…

We have had quite an emotional time of it recently. It brought a lump to my throat to see our BT Open 60, almost completely submerged, being towed back into harbour in the Azores. We won’t know exactly what condition she is in until she gets back to Lorient but at least she is now afloat again.

It is obviously not what we were hoping for in the final challenge of the BT Team Ellen partnership, but the main thing is that Seb and Jeff were recovered safe and sound. Their recent ordeal was a reminder that you can never take anything for granted in sailing and that the line between victory and disaster is a very fine one.

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BT Team Ellen hoping to end on a TJV high
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Ellen MacArthur - All At SeaTHE Transat Jacques Vabre is one of the most original and exciting events in the international sailing calendar which is what keeps us coming back time after time.

This year the organisers have set a new course which will take the sailors across the Caribbean Sea to Costa Rica.

Stamina and speed are all key ingredients required for success in this race. You have to be acutely aware of both your own and your coskipper’s physical limits.

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Smiles all round at emotional end to trust’s summer cruise
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Ellen MacArthur - All AT SeaAfter four-and-a-half months and 74 young people sailing more than 2,000 miles, the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discovery reached a fantastic and emotional end on Saturday 12th September.

Coming after our Residential Dinghy Week at Bradwell, the homecoming to Cowes ended a fantastic summer for the trust.

Our dinghy week saw 34 young people return to sail for a week in Pico’s, Q’bas and canoes.

This is always a popular trip and it’s lovely to see friends reunited at the start and new friendships growing throughout the week. There is always so much laughter and it’s definitely not for anyone who doesn’t like getting wet!

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Round Britain sail raises funds and fond memories
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

IT was such an amazing experience being back at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for the first time since I came in after the Round the World record attempt.

The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discovery in Scarlet Oyster reached Falmouth at the end of August and I was there for two evenings to give a talk to raise funds for the trust.

I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional but the office that I waited in before giving the talk was exactly the same one that I called my parents from before I set off on the round the world record attempt on 28 November 2004.

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Feel the buzz as Cowes gets set for racing
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Dame Ellen MacArthur - All At Sea sets the scene for Cowes Week and the continuing voyage to support the trust that carries her name to give young people recovering from cancer a taste of life afloat.

COWES is starting to buzz with anticipation, in spite of the drizzle!

The Extreme 40s are lining up along the pontoons in anticipation of the start of the iShares Cup and the boat yard here in East Cowes is filling up with trailers and support trucks.

BT Team Ellen is going to have a very busy Cowes Week.

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