Dame Ellen Macarthur DBE



  • January – Won BT/YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award
  • June – RoundEuroperace on board Open 60ft monohull ‘Aquitaine Innovations’ Co-skipper with Yves Parlier. Result: 1st in Open 60 class
  • August – Fastnet Race on board 60ft trimaran ‘Kingfisher’ (ex-Primagaz). Co-skipper with Yvan Bourgnon. Result: 4th in multihull class.
  • November – Transat Jacques Vabre two-handed transatlantic race on board 60ft monohull ‘Aquitaine Innovations-Kingfisher’ with co-skipper Yves Parlier fromLe Havreto Salvador de Bahia,Brazil. Result: 6th in Open 60 class


  • March-May – Delivery of Open 60ft monohull ‘Kingfisher’ fromNew Zealand, following her launch in January
  • June – Europe1 New Man STAR solo transatlantic race on board Open 60ft monohull ‘Kingfisher’ Result: 1st in Open 60 class (14 days, 23 hours, 11 mins) – youngest person to ever win race
  • November-February 2001 – Vendée Globe solo, non-stop round the world race. Open 60ft monohull ‘Kingfisher’ .Result: 2nd (94 days, 4 hours, 25 mins, 40 secs) – fastest female and youngest sailor to race around the world solo, non-stop


  • May – Challenge Mondial Assistance on board 60ft trimaran ‘Foncia- Kingfisher’ with co-skipper Alain Gautier. Result: 1st
  • 3 July – 25 August – EDS Atlantic Challenge crewed five leg race from St Malo with stops at Hamburg, Portsmouth, Baltimore, Boston on board ‘Kingfisher’ Open 60ft monohull with co-skipper Nick Moloney. Result: 1st place overall Also on 60ft trimaran ‘Foncia-Kingfisher’ during 2001 season:
  • 30 April – 5 May – Trophee Coralia at Fecamp. Result: 2nd 19-24 June Sardinia Grand Prix
  • 30 August – 2 September – Fecamp Grand Prix. Result: 1st
  • 11- 16 September – Zeebrugge Grand Prix. Result: 2nd
  • 4th November – Transat Jacques Vabre two-handed transatlantic race fromLe Havreto Salvador de Bahia,Brazilon board 60ft trimaran ‘Kingfisher-Foncia’ with co-skipper Alain Gautier. Result: 2nd in the ORMA 60 class.


  • January – Ellen MacArthur and Kingfisher plc announce five year plan to include Jules Verne record attempt and culminating in the solo Route du Rhum race in November 2006.
  • 9-23 November – Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race from St Malo toGuadeloupeon board Open 60ft monohull ‘Kingfisher’. Result: 1st in Open 60 class (13 days, 13 hours, 31 mins, 47 secs) setting a new monohull record


  • January – Jules Verne record attempt on board 108ft catamaran ‘Kingfisher2’ departing on 30.1.04 with 14 crew to try and break the existing record of 64 days, 8 hours, 37 minutes and 24 seconds. Kingfisher2’s record attempt ended on 23 February when the boat dismasted in the Southern Ocean, 2000 miles from the coast ofAustralia
  • April – Announced build of new 75ft trimaran to race under the colours of B&Q and Castorama. The sole objective of the new trimaran is to attempt to break solo speed sailing records
  • November – Transat Jacques Vabre two-handed transatlantic race fromLe Havreto Salvador de Bahia,Brazilon board 60ft multihull ‘Foncia’ with co-skipper Alain Gautier. Result 9th overall (suffered sail / halyard damage on day two of race)


  • January – Launch of new 75ft ”B&Q” trimaran on 8.1.04 inSydney,Australia
  • March-April – Delivery trip of new trimaran fromNew ZealandviaAustraliaand theFalklandsIslands. Leaving the delivery crew at the Falklands, Ellen sailed “B&Q” solo toNew York
  • June – Solo transatlantic record attempt on board “B&Q” missing the record by just 75 minutes in a time of 7 days, 3 hrs, 49 mins, 57 secs
  • November – Departs on solo round the world record attempt. Finishes in Feb 2005 setting a new record of 71 days, 14 hrs, 18 mins, 33 secs.


  • New SNSM (St Nazaire to St Malo) crewed maxi record set on board ‘B&Q’. New record stands 1 day, 3 hrs, 23 mins, 29 secs
  • Sept-Oct 2005 ’B&Q’ trimiran on standby for an attempt on the West to East Solo Transatlantic Record (New York– The Lizard,UK)
  • November 2005 – Transat Jacques Vabre race on board Sill et Veolia Open 60ft monohull with Roland Jourdain. Result: 2nd
  • Research Trip toSouth Georgia


  • Asian Record Circuit (March to June 2006), ‘B&Q’ trimaran Reference times
  • Yokohama(Japan) –JejuIsland(South Korea) 906 nm – 5d 11h 10m 51s
  • JejuIsland(South Korea) –Dalian(China) 418 nm – 1d 15h 57m 28s
  • Yokohama(Japan) –Dalian(China) 1342 nm – 7d 3h 8m 19s
  • Dalian(China) –Qingdao(China) 265 nm – 1d 0h 2m 53s
  • Qingdao(China) –Shanghai(China) 308 nm – 1d 5h 25m 33s
  • Shanghai(China) –Taipei(Taiwan) 580 nm – 3d 0h 1m 55s
  • Hong Kong SAR – Sanya* 354 nm – 1d 22h 53m 25s*
  • Sanya – Nha Trang (Vietnam) 360 nm – 2d 01h 37m 45s
  • Nha Trang (Vietnam) – Tumpai (Thailand) 570 nm – 2d 17h 55m 14s
  • Tumpai (Thailand) – Terengganu (Malaysia) 75 nm – 0d 5h 39m 26s
  • Hong Kong SAR – Terengganu (Malaysia) 1350 nm – 7d 0h 5m 50s
  • Terengganu (Malaysia) –Singapore280 nm – 1d 23h 9m 8s
  • Official time recorded by B&Q for the Hong Kong-Sanya 354nm route on the Asian Record Circuit. The current record holders for Hong Kong-Sanya course, in a time of 29h 55m, is the yacht Ffree Fire recorded during the annual Hong Kong to Sanya race organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.


  • JP Morgan Asset Management Round theIslandRace 2007: First to finish (Extreme 40 catamaran). Crossed the line just after 0818 hours, completing the course in 4 hrs 6 mins 3 secs


  • JP Morgan Asset Management Round theIslandRace 2009: First in IMOCA class on BT Open 60
  • Winner: Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week on IMOCA class BT Open 60 skippered by Seb Josse