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She circumnavigates globe in 71½ days

Updated: February 8, 2005, 10:30 AM ET
Associated Press

FALMOUTH, England -- British sailor Ellen MacArthur returned home to a hero's welcome Tuesday after her solo around-the-world sailing record.

A flotilla of all shapes and colors surrounded MacArthur's 75-foot trimaran B&Q as it drifted under gentle winds into the rocky port in Cornwall on the south coast of England.

Small planes and helicopters darted overhead, while 8,000 people gathered in the harbor to welcome her. Hundreds more watched from a cliff overlooking the turquoise ...

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