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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Ellen MacArthur photo gallery
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q. Photo: Ivor Wilkins/DPPI
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Ellen MacArthur's latest venture is a giant trimaran designed for solo speed record attempts
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q
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Living space onboard is minimal - a bunk, a seat, a desk and a sink
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q
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All the ropes which control the sails are fed back into the small cockipt. A main "coffee grinder" operates seven winches
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q
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Between each hulls is a huge trampoline. Ellen bounds around like Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q. Photo: Ivor Wilkins/DPPI
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B&Q - 75ft long with a 100ft mast - will set off in November 2004 for an attempt at the solo round-the-world speed record
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q. Photo: Ivor Wilkins/DPPI
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The current mark is 72 days, 22 hours and 54 minutes set by Frenchman Francis Joyon in February 2004
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q. Photo: Ivor Wilkins/DPPI
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Joyon knocked 20 days off the previous record but Ellen is stimulated by the challenge
Ellen MacArthur on B&Q
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Ellen: "It's much more dangerous to drive your car. You've just got to deal with. You can't panic."

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