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  Friday, 2 February, 2001, 15:26 GMT
Obstacle slows MacArthur's progress
Ellen MacArthur
MacArthur now faces a horrendous task
British solo round-the-world yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur has had her charge for the Vendee Globe title halted after sailing into a semi-submerged container.

MacArthur was forced into making emergency repairs to her Kingfisher vessel at sunset on Tuesday.

The 24-year old had to fix a port daggerboard which was damaged below the waterline. She also spotted a section of rudder floating away, according to a spokeswoman.

"My world fell apart. It was gut-wrenching," said MacArthur.

"I imagined I might have ripped the bottom of the boat out, the noise was so loud.

"I immediately ran through the boat, checking in all the watertight compartments that there was no water in there. There was obviously a big risk of having ripped the bottom of the boat open."

MacArthur's hope

Recent reports put the yachtswoman in second place and 80 miles behind Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux in PRB as the two yachts sailed north of the equator in the Atlantic in the Vendee Globe race.

The yachts now have just over 2,500 miles to go before finishing in Sables D'Olonne, France, next week.

"I will try and do the best I can. I promise that, but absolutely anything can happen," added MacArthur.

"In my own mind the race is still on and I am still looking both ahead and behind at the other competitors. I always promised myself that I wouldn't give up until we pass the finish line."

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