Solo sailors to be honored

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JAN. 30 -- The Museum of Yachting, of Newport, R.I., announced Thursday that solo sailors Ellen MacArthur, Bertie Reed, Minoru Saito and Jean-Luc van den Heede have been inducted into the Single-Handed Sailor’s Hall of Fame.

MacArthur was recognized for becoming the fastest woman to sail solo around the world in the 2001 Vendee Globe, according to a Museum of Yachting news release. MacArthur, 28, subsequently set the record the fastest (man or woman) non-stop single-handed circumnavigation — 71 days — (click here to see story) and is the youngest person to receive damehood from the Queen of England.

Reed, who is from South Africa, was recognized for his career, which began in 1982, when he placed first on handicap in the inaugural BOC Challenge, the release says. He has since logged more than 100,000 miles of single-handed ocean racing, and has won numerous awards for his achievements.

Japan’s Saito was recognized for being a three-time competitor in single-handed around-the-world races including the BOC Challenge and the Around Alone (now 5-Oceans Race), according to the release. In 2005, Saito completed his seventh non-stop solo circumnavigation at age 71, making him the oldest person to do so. (Click here to see story.)

The Museum of Yachting recognized van den Heede for completing five single-handed around-the-world voyages including two BOC Challenges and two Vendee Globes, the release says. In 2004 van den Heede set a new record for sailing around the world single-handedly, non-stop and against the prevailing winds with a time of 122 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes, 49 seconds. (Click here to see story.)

A panel of internationally recognized single-handed sailor experts nominated the inductees. The ceremony will take place at the Museum of Yachting in July.