Industry News – Omega Ambassador Announces Next Solo Challenge

Ellen MacArthur has announced an exciting new design and build program for a 75-foot solo trimaran for a campaign of single-handed record attempts in 2004/5.

The new 75-foot trimaran is being designed by French-based British naval architect Nigel Irens in conjunction with the Offshore Challenges technical team.

The giant three-hulled “flying machine” will be sailed single-handed by Ellen, and will be designed with a single focus – solo records. Without the constraints of class rules or grand prix racing, the boat has been conceived with trans-ocean passages in mind, and fully optimized, much like the monohull KingFisher was, for solo sailing. The concept is built around trying to achieve high daily average speeds in a variety of conditions, coupled with safety and reliability, in equal measure.

Construction on the new boat, which has yet to be named, will begin at the end of April in Australia. Constructing the new solo trimaran in the Southern hemisphere will allow Ellen to use the return voyage to Europe as part of a vigorous training campaign and potentially set a solo record at some point on the return.

Omega was the official timekeeper of Ellen’s 2002 Jules Verne attempt and looks forward to accompanying her on her future solo record attempts.