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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 February, 2005, 12:41 GMT
Ellen's homecoming in photos
It's a calm but cloudy winter day as Ellen makes her way towards Falmouth harbour
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Ellen MacArthur's boat cannot be seen with the naked eye from the shore but she can see the British coastline
Crowds wait anxiously on the side as Ellen's boat makes its journey home
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Thousands of people gather around Falmouth harbour from the early hours of the morning to welcome Ellen home
Crowds begin waving to Ellen and her accompanying flotilla as she comes into view
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Ellen's B&Q trimaran comes into view as it is led back to dry land by a flotilla of hundreds of ships including HMS Severn
As the B&Q boat sails closer to the shore Ellen remains in high spirits now that the end is near
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Ellen is in high spirits and looks relaxed and happy as she sits talking to various TV reporters on the edge of her trimaran
The anticipation rises as everyone realises the amazing achievement Ellen has accomplished
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Huge crowds gather on every vantage point as they scramble to greet Ellen while she is towed into the harbour
Ellen's parents greet her as she docks and are obviously proud of their record-breaking daughter
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Ellen's mother and father and her boyfriend wait for her as, after 71 days, she safely anchors in Falmouth harbour
The 28-year-old is obviously delighted to be back and overwhelmed by her reception
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Ellen marks her arrival with her trademark celebration of lighting two distress flares and raising them in the air
Ellen excitedly celebrates her round-the-world record by spraying champagne
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Despite her record-breaking journey, Ellen finds still finds the energy to pour a magnum of champagne over the crowd

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