Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur(1976-), Yachtswoman
Sitter in 1 portrait
MacArthur discovered sailing at the age of four and bought her first dinghy at the age of eight by saving her dinner money. At 18 she sailed alone around Britain and won the BT/YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award. MacArthur's greatest achievement to date is her 2nd place in the Vendée Globe in March 2000 in which she was the youngest entrant in its 16-year history. She holds the record for sailing solo round the world faster than any woman. The French press dubbed her the 'Greatest English Woman since Jane Austen'. In 2001 she was voted runner-up in BBC Sports Personality of the Year and selected as Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and The Observer's Woman of the Year.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below