Video: learning to sail with Ellen MacArthur
‘British sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur shows Telegraph journalist Paul Kendall the ropes on a Laser SB3 keelboat’
In 2005, Ellen MacArthur broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. It capped a prolific record-breaking sailing career to date. Ten years earlier Ellen embarked on her first solo sailing adventure under very different circumstances… With a little help from MUSTO!
Ellen MacArthur is one of the most successful solo sailors of her generation. Her relationship with MUSTO began when Keith Musto sent her a letter of congratulation for winning the young sailor award in 1994.
A few weeks later she travelled to Essex to meet founder Keith Musto. As she recalls: “It wasn’t until the morning that I went down there that I came up with the idea of taking a solo trip around Britain. They said: ‘Great, send us a plan.’
“I was very, very nervous, but hugely excited at the same time. Everyone who knows sailing knows who MUSTO are and to have received a letter from them I found was absolutely incredible. And what I really liked about chatting with Keith that day was that he immediately put me at ease because we talked about sailing. That grew into an incredible relationship that’s lasted for over 15 years.”
Ellen went on to gain worldwide recognition for breaking the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation round the globe in 2005. She was subsequently made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur in 2008. She now dedicates much of her time to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity focused on working with young people. “MUSTO was the first sponsor I ever had, when I was very young, when I was only just working out what my dreams even looked like in solo sailing. They were there and they’ve always stayed there.”
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