At a showbiz-style ceremony in Estoril, Portugal last night MACARTHUR was joined by other athletes, film stars and sports personalities from around the world to celebrate this year's awards.
On receiving the award, Ellen commented: 'It is a huge honour to receive this award and another great achievement for the team. I was in the company of so many athletes who have pushed the boundaries within their own sporting discipline to reach the highest level possible and that in itself was inspiring. The Laureus Sports Academy is committed to supporting and promoting every type of sport, mainstream or otherwise and it is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of that.'
The nominees for Alternative Sportsperson of the Year 2005 were:
- Darren BERRECLOTH (CAN) - Mountain Bike Freerider
- Gunn-Rita DAHLE (NOR) - Mountain Bike Racer
- Dallas FRIDAY (USA) - Wakeboarding
- Mike HORN (RSA) - Explorer
- Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR) - Yachtswoman/Solo Sailor
- Shane MCCONKEY (USA) - Freeskier, BASE Jumper
Meanwhile the trimaran on which Ellen broke the single-handed round the world record, B&Q, was lifted out of the water last Friday and into the shed at Medina Boat Yard in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain. The shore team are setting about the repair work to the central bow that was caused when the 75-foot trimaran was struck by a Nelson Launch in East Cowes Marina.
Oli ALLARD, Project Manager, said: 'It was a difficult lift due to the strong north-easterly winds we had to work with but B&Q is safely out of the water and we have started the repair work. We have had a nice surprise as part of the sacrificial crash box at the bow can be saved [initial damage assessment had suggested otherwise]. It is good news for the structure of the boat that has shown, one more time, that it works but the longest part of the job will be the respray and artwork. The composite side should be finished before this Sunday and we are hoping to be back in operation by the 30 May.'
This unforeseen turn of events will not have a significant or long-term effect on the trimaran's programme, although one standby period for a planned smaller record attempt has been lost.