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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 February, 2005, 18:04 GMT
MacArthur targeting new challenge
Ellen MacArthur returns triumphantly to Falmouth in Cornwall
Ellen MacArthur is already setting her sights on her next sailing challenge, just hours after completing her record-breaking round-the-world trip.

The Briton became the fastest person to sail solo non-stop around the world when she finished on Monday in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

The 28-year-old, who is to be made a dame, is planning to take a break, but added: "There are other records.

"The transatlantic record is there and that's something I'll be aiming for."

MacArthur, who finally reached the safety of Falmouth harbour at lunchtime on Tuesday, battled unstable winds, mountainous seas and a close encounter with a whale on a 27,000-mile journey on board her B&Q trimaran.

The diminutive Derbyshire sailor was also forced to make hasty repairs to her mast, generators and water-maker in difficult conditions.

Ellen MacArthur is welcomed home by her manager Mark Turner
MacArthur finally comes face-to-face with her team chief Mark Turner

She paid tribute to the on-shore support team who had worked around the clock to make her record-breaking attempt a success at the first time of asking.

"When I was out there I was never ever alone, there was always a team of people behind me, in mind if not in body," said MacArthur.

"A record is nothing if not shared. I'm proud of the record but I'm even more proud to be working with the best team in the world."

She also made sure she praised her partnership with B&Q, the boat she nicknamed Moby.

"My partner in crime is sat down there on the water," an emotional MacArthur told the large crowd that had gathered to greet her.

"I can almost see her from here. She has been the most incredible boat. She's a fighter, a boat that will not let you down.

"And the team who built her are responsible for the fact that I am here, right now, safe and well and also with a record."

She revealed her immense relief and joy at finishing her gruelling voyage.

There were a million high moments but it's sometimes difficult to communicate those
Ellen MacArthur

"For 71 days I watched the clock tick away and through the good and bad, the one thing that never changed was the ticking of the clock," she said.

"To see the clock not moving now is unbelievable and I am so relieved."

But despite dealing with what she described as "excruciatingly difficult" challenges, MacArthur said she will take just as many positive memories from her solo voyage.

"There were a million high moments but it's sometimes difficult to communicate those," she said.

"Some days you have a huge rolling sea, the boat is sailing magnificently and you think there is no better place on earth to be right now.

"The boat was just tuned perfectly coming into home as the sun set yesterday and there were stars in the sky.

"And I smelt the land again, I could see the light at Ushant flashing and I thought finally there was the land and that was a good feeling."




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