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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Solo Transatlantic Record 

Team Ellen with Ellen Macarthur and rival Sodebo skipper, Thomas Coville, are still in New York on standby for the next solo transatlantic record attempt.

The window of opportunity to break the record will be open until November as they wait for the right weather system; to be in with a chance of breaking the current solo transatlantic record it is necessary to utilize an appropriate low pressure system to propel the boats across the Atlantic at speed.

Just a few months ago, French skipper Francis Joyon set a new record of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds.

The official course begins by crossing a line drawn due south (true) from the highest point of the Ambrose Light Tower (40° 26.9'N; 73° 47.9'W) and finishes by crossing a line due south (true) from the highest point of Lizard Point Lighthouse(49° 57.58N; 5° 12.13W). For a new record to be declared, the finish time must be at least 1 minute faster than the existing record.

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