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Ellen MacArthur at Southampton Boat show

An Oceanis 45 for the association “Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust” 

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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

During the Southampton Boat show, the british sailor Ellen MacArthur officially took possession of her new Oceanis 45. Her association, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, purchased the boat for its ambitious programme; the boat will give young British people between 8 and 24, suffering from leukaemia or cancer, an opportunity to go sailing. The ceremony at the show, organised by Beneteau for the occasion, also provided the new Sense 57 with a first-rate christener.  


During a moving ceremony, Beneteau warmly thanked Ellen MacArthur for embodying one of its founding values so well; offering an opportunity to sail to a varied public. Under the purchase terms agreed, the brand will be supporting a remarkable programme that aims to restore self-confidence, renew confidence in life, and boost the energy of children fighting cancer, offering hope.

About the association

A few weeks before leaving for the Vendée Globe 2000, Ellen MacArthur took part in a day out at sea with the French charity Association ‘A chacun son cap’ (To each his own course). Stirred by this shared experience with children in remission, she immediately understood the impact of sailing in their route to recovery. In 2003, she created her own association in the United Kingdom. The programme set up by the organisation is much more than an entertaining break in a long fight against cancer. It is based on a ‘First Time’ trip, followed by a ‘Return to Sail’ trip every year, which builds relations, making it a long-term project.  Over the age of 24, the young people can follow the ‘Graduate Volunteer’ programme enabling them to give back a little by joining the team of instructors. Some forty British hospitals are now involved in the Cancer Trust.  

About Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur entered the very exclusive circle of professional skippers at the age of 17. At the age of 24 she won second place in the Vendée Globe. The fastest to circumnavigate the world single-handed, smashing the record in 2005, she was knighted by the Queen of England. With an exceptional record of achievements behind her, won with a modesty that set her apart, Ellen decided to end her career as a professional skipper, in 2009, to devote herself to humanitarian work and develop in parallel an environmental project.