Taking on the World

Taking on the World

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When Ellen finished the Vendee Globe, yachting's toughest race aged just 24 the nation took her to it's heart. The depth of the affection for Ellen is extraordinary - she makes people feel like they can do anything!This is her story, written intrue Ellen style, in her own words, without the help of a ghost writer.Passionate, dramatic and and deeply affecting, her story will move and inspire all who read it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 32mm | 299.37g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32pp colour illustrations
  • 0141006978
  • 9780141006970
  • 106,936

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The Young Woman Who Took the Sailing World by StormAt twenty-four, Ellen MacArthur became the youngest person ever to complete the Vendee Globe singlehanded nonstop sailboat race around the planet and the second woman--and second fastest sailor--to circumnavigate the globe alone. "Taking On the World" is Ellen's story--of her longing for adventure, her indomitable will, and her overwhelming passion for the sea."An exuberant, headlong, exhausting ride. . . . This is more than a book about sailboat racing; it's also about a dream ferociously pursued and the price paid for realizing it."--Derek Lundy, author, "Godforsaken Sea" and "The Way of a Ship""As different from other sailing books as Ellen MacArthur is from other sailors. . . . One is left full of admiration, and wondering mightily what this journeying heroine will achieve next."--Peter Nichols, author, "A Voyage for Madmen""A unique book full of wit and grit, an engrossing story of the call of the sea and survival against profound odds."--"Ocean Navigator""MacArthur's triumph in sailing 26,000 miles around the world in less than 100 days sets standards in daring, defiance, and yachtsmanship that may not be matched for years to come."--"The (London) Times""You don't need to be a sailor to find it inspiring. It's about endeavour, a riff on Kipling's 'If' that has you wondering why you don't just go out and fulfill your dreams."--"The Independent"Ellen MacArthur saved her school lunch money for eight years to buy her first boat, an 8-foot sailing dinghy. At eighteen she sailed around Britain alone, then began a string of impressive finishes in solo long-distance races that culminated in her record-setting performance in the 2000 - 2001 Vendee Globe. In 2002 she won the Route du Rhum singlehanded transatlantic race in the 60-foot "Kingfisher." In January 2004, she launched the 75-foot trimaran "B&Q," which was specifically built to set solo speed-sailing records, including the 24-hour record and the transatlantic record.
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About Ellen MacArthur

Ellen was described in the Observer as 'The first true heroine of the 21st Century'. She's been named Sailor of the Year twice, was crowned World Champion, was named Sunday Times Person of the year 2001 and was runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Ellen is from Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and lives in Cowes.
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352 ratings
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2 5% (17)
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