Ellen MacArthur – 21st Century Heroine

ram79Have just completed Ellen MacArthur’s autobiography, Taking On The World. For those of you who don’t know, Miss MacArthur came second, at the age of 24, in the round the world single handed race The Vendee Globe. This makes her the youngest Briton to circumnavigate the globe, and the fastest woman to boot. The book is compelling reading and I would recommend it to anyone. If I really wanted to be PC I’d say she’s an inspiration to all women and, as The Observer suggests, is the “first true heroine of the twenty-first century”. She is brutally honest about her life, which is why it is such interesting reading. She’s very definitely a sailor first and a novelist second as I found much of her narrative bland and without passion, but I really would suggest you all read it, even if you haven’t the faintest interest in sailing.

ram81A brief note on Corme. Corme has lots of beaches but is a rather primitive fishing village, which is why, for the second night running we didn’t set foot on land. For the first time on this trip, however, we have crickets, indicating a move to hotter climes!


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