Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur DBE, was born 8 July 1976near Matlock in Derbyshire, now based in West Cowes, Isle of Wight. MacArthur is a successful solo long-distance yachtswoman. On 7 February 2005 she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, a feat which gained her international renown. Francis Joyon, the Frenchman who had held the record before MacArthur, recovered the record again in early 2008, beating MacArthur's record by nearly two weeks. She retired from professional sailing on 2 September 2010.