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6 May 2004, 10:04 am
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Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
New York

The 75-foot trimaran B&Q arrived in New York on Tuesday 4 May lunchtime after an overnight delivery from Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
Conditions were not comfortable on board: "We left Newport late but still faced the remnants of some bad weather, slowing our progress," said Ellen. "But we got here and now we will be waiting for a good weather window to try our first record attempt." B&Q will be berthed at the Liberty Landing Marine, New York.

Having sailed B&Q halfway round the world already from Australia to the States, Ellen MACARTHUR will be attempting to set a new solo west-east transatlantic record from Ambrose Light to the Lizard currently held by Frenchman Laurent BOURGNON of 7 days 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds.

The state-of-the art 75-foot trimaran was designed by Nigel IRENS and built for one objective - to try and set new solo speed sailing records. But the transatlantic record is notoriously hard to break, relying totally on ideal weather systems and minimum breakage on board a boat that is being pushed to its limits - the current record has stood for a decade.

At the moment Ellen is in Standby Red.

Standby modes:
RED: No obvious weather window in sight
AMBER: 60 to 70% chance of departure in next 72 hours
GREEN: intention to depart within 36 hours

Solo west-east Transatlantic existing records:
Laurent BOURGNON (FRA)
Primagaz (60ft trimaran)
June 1994
7d 2h 34m 42s
2925 miles
Average speed 17.15 knots

Florence ARTHAUD (FRA)
Pierre 1er (60ft trimaran)
1990
9d 22h 5m
2925 miles
Average speed 12.25 knots
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