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Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur DBE (born July 8, 1976) is a retired English sailor and charity founder from Whatstandwell, Derbyshire, now based in Cowes, Isle of Wight. She is a successful solo long-distance yachtswoman who gained international renown for breaking the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. On February 7, 2005, MacArthur completed a 27,348-mile circumnavigation of the globe in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, and 33 seconds, breaking the previous record held by Frenchman Francis Joyon by over 1 day and 8 hours. Her voyage was the fastest solo circumnavigation of the world by any sailor at the time, though Joyon later reclaimed the record in 2008.

Charities and Foundations

In 2003, MacArthur founded the Ellen MacArthur Trust (now the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust), a charity that takes young people aged 8-24 sailing to help them regain confidence while recovering from cancer, leukemia, and other serious illnesses. In 2010, she launched the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that works with businesses, policymakers, and academics to accelerate the transition to a circular economy - a model of production and consumption aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources.

Other Achievements

MacArthur has authored several books, including autobiographies "Taking on the World" (2002), "Race Against Time" (2005), and "Full Circle" (2010). She has also appeared on various TV shows like "Desert Island Discs," "Top Gear," and "Jamie's Dream School." In 2005, shortly after her record-breaking voyage, MacArthur became the youngest woman to be made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) at age 28.
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Yes, Ellen MacArthur did go aloft (climb up the mast) during her record-breaking solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. The Guardian article states: "During her voyage, MacArthur suffered burns to her arm, was battered and bruised when she had to climb her boat's 90ft mast, and narrowly avoided a collision with a whale." So MacArthur had to climb the 90-foot (27-meter) tall mast of her trimaran B&Q during the challenging voyage, likely to perform repairs or adjustments to the rigging and sails. This resulted in her getting battered and bruised, highlighting the physical demands and risks involved in such a solo sailing endeavor.
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