Since finishing her solo round the world record, MACARTHUR has only sailed with a crew on a couple of smaller record attempts and this will be her first opportunity to sail in 'solo' mode. DARBYSHIRE will be onboard purely in a back up role and to test some of the communication equipment on board, 'This is the first time I have sailed B&Q by myself since February. I am hoping to be able to push B&Q over this 1,000 mile delivery and test the set up of the boat in a lighter mode. Doing a record attempt that only lasts seven days compared to 70+ day attempt, the boat is not loaded up in the same way.'
Upon arrival in New York, it is planned that the trimaran will be berthed for the first few days at North Cove Marina which is located in downtown Manhattan where the current solo transatlantic record holder, JOYON, berthed his 90 foot trimaran IDEC whilst he was on standby.
MACARTHUR will not be the only skipper on standby for an attempt on the current 6 day, 4 hour, 1 minute and 37 second solo transatlantic record set by JOYON earlier in the year from 30 June-6 July. Since the beginning of August, French skipper Thomas COVILLE has been based in New York with his record breaking 60 foot trimaran Sodebo. MACARTHUR is due to go on standby from 1 September to wait for the ideal weather system to propel her 2,925 miles across the North Atlantic. If COVILLE is still waiting in the wings, it could turn into a race as well as a record attempt! However today the French skipper announced a possible departure this weekend.