Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Dame Ellen All Worn Out (but not washed up)

Ellen MacArthur is tired. And who in their right mind can blame her? So at the ripe old age of 29, she is giving up on solo sailing in order to concentrate on crewed or two-handed racing with her Offshore Challenges team. Ellen was made a Dame Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order after she solo-circumnavigated the globe in 2005 - the youngest woman to recieve this title from the Queen. She is a heroine of our sport and an inspiration to countless sailors...both men and women. Not to mention she's tough as nails and if she's going to step down from solo sailing it makes one not even want to start up. Not that I'm in danger of that from my cube ;-)

4 comments:

Tillerman said...

To be strictly correct Ellen is a Dame Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Trust an American to forget that bit about the empire. (Yeah I know the BBC got it wrong too). The British Empire may be down to a rock in Spain and some sheep farms in the South Atlantic, but show some respect please.

Adrift at Sea said...

The British Empire is looking a bit weak at the moment.

Zephyr said...

Yes, the British Empire is not what it once was and yes, I stand corrected on Dame Ellen's title.

Pat said...

And I thought Bermuda was the Jewel in the Crown these days.