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2005: MacArthur sails into record books
Britain's Ellen MacArthur has completed her single-handed round-the-world voyage in record-breaking time.

She crossed the finish line at 2229 GMT on Monday, beating the previous mark set by Francis Joyon of 72 days, 22 hours, 54 mins and 22 secs.

The Isle of Wight-based yachtswoman completed the 27,000-mile voyage in 71 days and under 15 hours.

After achieving the record time, MacArthur said: "I feel exhausted but I'm elated to be here."

She added: "It has been an unbelievable journey.

"The whole voyage has been very draining, and there's a lot of things going round in my head.

"But it's great that I can finally switch my brain off and relax in the company of others, which I've really missed."

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In Context
In February 2001 Ellen MacArthur had sailed into the record books by becoming the youngest person and fastest woman to sail around the world alone.

Two months after her amazing feat in February 2005 she became the youngest person to receive a damehood.

And she continued to break more records - on May 2005 she established a maxi-class record for sailing the 284 miles between St Nazaire and St Malo, France.

In March 2006 she announced she would take a break from solo sailing.

A month later she set her fifth world record on her travels on the Asian Record Circuit with a four-man crew.

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