13 Days after being dismasted in the Southern Ocean, Kingfisher2 arrived safely in Fremantle at 1055 GMT today.
Under tow for the last three hours of the trip, Kingfisher2's bows turned round the breakwater into Fremantle harbour as the sun set, drawing to a close the final chapter on their Jules Verne.
Team Kingfisher have no immediate plans for another crewed jules verne attempt but the experience has been an exciting one, and there is certainly an idea to have another go at this fantastic record in a few years time.
Ellen's original programme for 2002 remains exactly as communicated, including the plan to enter the ORMA 60 trimaran racing circuit during 2005, with the key objective of the 2006 Route du Rhum race.
Sailing with a sophisticated, Do-it-Yourself JURY RIG, the crew of KINGFISHER2 have managed to attain some impressive average speeds on their way to Australia, including some peaks of 20 knots!
Ellen on the experience "Despite the obvious problem, this has been a great experience, and I'd like to thank my sponsors, Kingfisher, B&Q and Castorama, for their support and commitment during this very tough time - I was extremely proud to be sailing under their colours. But as usual I have learnt a great deal - about myself, about the guys in the team who have been fantastic even during the hardest moments, and as ever about the sea and how these giant boats interact with them. We have no regrets, we had a pretty good go at this record, but of course the disappointment that we didn't succeed is still there...this time..."
Kingfisher2 will be given a thorough inspection and a decision about where she will be shipped to will be made in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the 110-foot catamaran will be berthed at Fremantle Saiing Club Marina. "As part of the Team Kingfisher project, this Jules Verne was always planned as a one-shot attempt," commented Project Director Mark Turner,"but of course we hope the huge amount of work that has gone in to optimising the big cat will not be wasted, and that she can continue to be campaigned."