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Top sailor Ellen MacArthur - plans for future.

Professional sailor Ellen MacArthur, MBE officially opened the 48th London Boat Show at Earls Court, at this occasion she announced her future sailing plans.

2002 will be spent gaining more valuable experience on the trimarans, racing with Alain Gautier, concluding with some unfinished business of the Transat Jacques Vabre event-2 France to Brazil, the event-1 in which just a few weeks ago the pair had victory snatched away in the final few hours.

Than further, Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race on the good old 'Kingfisher' monohull in November 2002. Then on to multihulls in a steady build up to the Route du Rhum 2006 solo race on a new 60 foot trimaran, 'Kingfisher3', that will be designed and built specially for Ellen in 2004.

Winter 2002/3 will be busy with the Jules Verne race around the world, no limits in number of crew or size of boat. The attempt to be the fastest around the globe, in a chartered 110 ft mega-catamaran, renamed 'Kingfisher2'. 71 days is the record to beat.

Finally Ellen states: "Maybe the Vend?e Globe again one day, but not in 2004..."
Ellen surprises a few..."It may be the Everest of sailing, and there is certainly some unfinished business for me...


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