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  Sunday, 11 February, 2001, 14:33 GMT
The Vendee Globe race - in pictures

Ellen MacArthur with her parents
Ellen MacArthur (centre) bids her parents farewell at the start of the race

A 24-strong fleet set out from Les Sables D'Olonne
The Vendee Globe race, a 25,000-nautical mile journey, gets under way

Ellen MacArthur works on her 60-foot long yacht, Kingfisher
Running repairs: MacArthur works on her 60-foot long yacht Kingfisher

MacArthur steers the Kingfisher towards home
Ellen takes a moment and enjoys the chance to let the boat do the work

Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux celebrates a record win
Victory is sweet: Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux celebrates a record win

French crowd
The French crowd give Ellen a warm welcome

Ellen MacArthur finishes
Ellen MacArthur brings the Kingfisher home

Ellen MacArtur holds two flares aloft in celebration of completing the race
Ellen MacArthur illuminates the night sky as she completes her incredible journey

Ellen MacArtur ishows her delight as she finishes the race
Sheer bliss: Ellen MacArthur is delighted to complete the Vendee Globe race

Ellen MacArthur celebrates
Ellen MacArthur: the youngest woman ever to complete the Vendee Globe race, celebrates with some bubbly
Ellen MacArthur in the Vendee Globe race

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