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Taking on the World by Ellen MacArthur


Taking on the World by Ellen MacArthur

When Ellen finished the Vendee Globe, yachting's toughest race aged just 24 the nation took her to it's heart. The depth of the affection for Ellen is extraordinary - she makes people feel like they can do anything!This is her story, written intrue Ellen style, in her own words, without the help of a ghost writer.Passionate, dramatic and and deeply affecting, her story will move and inspire all who read it.

About the Author

Ellen MacArthur

Inspired by a sailing trip with her aunt on the East Coast when she was four, Ellen MacArthur saved her school-dinner money for eight years to buy her first boat, an 8-foot dinghy called Thr'penny Bit. A bout of glandular fever in her final year at school ended her plans to become a vet. But, transfixed by scenes from the Whitbread Race being shown on television while she convalesced, she resolved to become a sailor instead. Aged eighteen, she won the BT/YJA Young Sailor of the Year award. She sailed round the coast of Britain in her 21-foot boat, Iduna, the following year. In 1997 she raced single-handed across the Atlantic and was named BT/YJA Yachtsman of the Year 1998. In finishing the Vendée Globe round-the-world race in just ninety-four days she became the fastest Briton ever to sail around the world alone. She was named Sunday Times Person of the Year 2001 and runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Ellen MacArthur lives in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

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Publication date

26th June 2003


Ellen MacArthur

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Penguin Books Ltd


448 pages


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