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Will weather permit Ellen MacArthur an attempt on the solo transatlantic record

17th October 2005

After six weeks on standby for an attempt on the solo transatlantic record to beat Francis Joyon’s time of 6 days, 4 hours and 1 minute, the window of opportunity is quickly drawing to a close for Ellen MacArthur.  The 75-foot trimaran

Ellen and the team are working with their weather analysts in an attempt to find a suitable weather system for her to begin her attempt, but present forecasts for the next seven days are not looking positive, keeping

With no weather window in sight and the team on standby code red, Ellen has been utilising this time in France preparing for the Transat Jacques Vabre Race with Roland Jourdain on board his 60-foot monohull Sill et Veolia.  With only 22 days remaining until the start of the 4,340 mile double-handed race on the 5th November from the French port of Le Havre, Ellen and Roland have been training both onshore and offshore as much as possible including the technical and communication systems on board, weather routing and tactics.  “It is great to be back out on an Open 60 again.  It has been a long time since I have sailed in this class and there are many differences to the layout and handling of a boat like Sill compared to

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