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GLOBAL RACES STEAL THE HEADLINES.

by Ian Grant on 13 Feb 2001
Champagne glasses would have clinked with a special celebration at Club Med Lindeman Island last week after the Grant Dalton skippered catamaran Club Med claimed a new 24-hour speed sailing record.

Officially Club Med sailing along the edge of the Antarctic ice flow on a compass course to weather Cape Horn logged an amazing 655.13 miles, covering more than 10 degrees of latitude with her 24 hour speed average of 27.297knots.
Then there was the remarkable achievement of diminutive 24-year-old English yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur.

MacArthur turned a passionate dream into reality in France last weekend when she ended a super human struggle against wild weather elements to finish second in the Vendee Globe single-handed race.

Amazingly MacArthur who weighs a lot less than most of her sail bags claimed a special place in World sailing history when she became the first female to sail single-handed around the Globe in under 95 days and the youngest person ever both male and female to complete this super marathon test of endurance and courage.

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