Easily the most recognized sailor in the World, Ellen MacArthur outlined her plans for the next few years at the London boat show. After talking of future events on Kingfisher and on an Open tri campaign she means to do, and almost as an afterthought, she mentioned the Jules Verne trophy. "Next winter I want to take a team of people on a maxi-catamaran to be the fastest round the world full stop in 2003," she said. "It will take a team of 10 to 12 people to sail a boat like that, and it really will mean racing on the edge in the Southern Ocean."
Although MacArthur didn't mention at the time exactly which maxi-catamaran she wanted to use for the attempt, the obvious answer would seem to be Cam Lewis' Team Adventure, the third of the Ollier tris out of Multiplast. Team Adventure was badly damaged by a collision with an unknown piece of debris while trying to break the Transatlantic record last year and sits in Bristol, R.I. waiting for repair. "We're still waiting to settle the insurance claim," said Cam Lewis. "We're hogtied without a boat and a launch date so we have no future plans." Lewis did say, however, that there had been discussions with Mark Turner, Ellen's partner and coach but emphasized that no arrangement had been made. "They've got a good program," said Lewis. "It'd be nice to get something together with those guys."