Ellen gets iced

Beef appears to run in the family for our technical editor Chris Beeson, as not only did he beat Ellen MacArthur’s time for hauling up a mainsail at the London Boat Show, but now his brother Graeme, who is ad sales manager for the RORC Seahorse magazine has topped poor Ellen again: this time on ice.

The best British recorded time at the Omega Bobsleigh Cup in St Moritz was by Graeme Beeson and Sue Pelling from our sister magazine Yachting World who recorded seventh overall with a time of 1:14:44.

“Doing a hand-break turn at 90 miles per hour,” is how Ellen MacArthur
described today’s experience at the Omega Bobsleigh Cup in St Moritz.

MacArthur who was racing head to head against fellow Omega brand
ambassadors – three-times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, and Olympic
Finn gold medallist Mateusz Kusnierewicz – was first out of the blocks
but despite a super-fast run of just 1:15:15 minutes she was
out-paced by Coutts and had to settle for 13th.

A happy-smiling Mark Turner, MacArthur’s business partner at Offshore Challenges, was, not surprisingly, satisfied with his first experience in a bob, finishing 9th

Other British teams included – in GBR1 team – yachting
correspondents Tim Jeffery and Stuart Alexander who were fairly surprised
at their relatively ‘slow’ recorded time. Actually it was only just over
two seconds behind MacArthur which wasn’t bad going.