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B&Q on Stand By


IN BRIEF:

* B&Q SKIPPER, ELLEN MACARTHUR, AND HER CREW GO ON STANDBY FOR THE RECORD SNSM, POSSIBLE DEPARTURE FROM LORIENT ON MONDAY

* THE RECORD SNSM IS A 284 MILE RECORD FROM ST NAZAIRE TO ST MALO

* B&Q TO ATTEMPT TO SET A NEW MAXI CLASS RECORD

IN DETAIL:

Ellen MacArthur is currently out boat testing with the 75-foot trimaran B&Q in Lorient, France, in preparation for their crewed attempt on the 284 mile Record SNSM. “The present forecast indicates a Monday afternoon (2.5.05) departure from Lorient, crossing the line at St Nazaire when the SW breeze fills in overnight on Monday,” said Ellen. But, of course, as with all great weather predictions this could change and the crew have a standby period from the 1st-10th May to try and attempt this short record.

The Record SNSM is a 284 miles passage, passing the coasts of Loire Atlantique in Pays de Loire then the coasts of Brittany. This course highlights the 56 SNSM stations between Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Malo. The Socient Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) is the equivalent of the RNLI in the UK, and just like the RNLI is funded solely by public donations.

Only last week three of the ORMA multihulls skippered by Thomas Coville, Sodebo, Michel Desjoyeux, Geant and Thierry Dupré, Gitana X set out on 19th April to establish a new ORMA (60ft trimaran) record. Both Gitana X and Geant were forced to abandon only a few hours into the record attempt due to gear failure but Coville went on to cross the finish line off St Malo on Wednesday 20 April in a time of 1 day, 1 hour, 37 minutes and 17 seconds at an average speed of 11.04 knots.

Ellen and her crew of Loik Gallon, Charles Darbyshire and Jean René Keruzoré (cameraman) will be looking to establish a new Maxi class record and will be a good ‘work-up’ of the 75-foot trimaran following her refit over the last seven weeks.

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