Ellen MacArthur

Solo Long-Distance Yachtswoman & World Record for the Fastest Solo Circumnavigation of the Globe

  • Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation & the Ellen MacArthur Trust
  • World Record holder for a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation, single-handed woman monohull east-to-west passage & single-handed woman in any vessel
  • Awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year
  • Named Yachtsman of the Year, Sailing’s Young Hope & ISAF Sailor of the Year

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Full Circle Ellen MacArthur
Full Circle
Taking on the World Ellen MacArthur
Taking on the World
Race Against Time Ellen MacArthur
Race Against Time

Ellen MacArthur is widely known for her talents as a world-record-breaking yachtswoman, having broken the World Record for the fastest solo circumnavigation around the world. Having also broken records for the single-handed, non-stop monohull circumnavigation and transatlantic crossing by a woman, Ellen is now booked as a motivational female speaker to inspire other women to get into sailing and share her tales of world record-breaking feats.

Having sailed since a young age, Ellen secured her first major success placing second in the Vendée Globe around the world race. In reward of her commitments to sailing, Ellen has been appointed MBE and claimed the Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year. She has also claimed the World Record for single-handed woman monohull east-to-west passage and the single-handed woman in any vessel, a true testament to her talents for sailing.

Outside of sailing, Ellen is the founder of the Ellen MacArthur Trust and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Ellen MacArthur Trust was created to help people who are suffering due to cancer to experience sailing, offering a distraction from the hardships of their treatments. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was created to help accelerate the move toward a circular economy. Ellen is also an author, having written the titles Taking on the World, Full Circle and Race Against Time. In reward of her commitments, Ellen has also been named Knight of the French Legion of Honour, appointed DBE, named ISAF Sailor of the Year, Yachtsman of the Year and Sailing’s Young Hope.

Having previously delivered the TEDx talk The Surprising Thing I Learned Sailing Solo Around the World, Ellen MacArthur is a seasoned female motivational speaker who inspires other women to follow in her footsteps. Having sailed thousands of nautical miles, Ellen knows the oceans like the back of her hand and shares the incredible tales of her world-record-breaking sailing feats. Considered an inspiration as one of the most daring female sailors, Ellen MacArthur is a fantastic choice when looking for a female motivational speaker.

Official Testimonials

Ellen MacArthur is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Truly humbling and human, really moved everyone and made them hold up a mirror to themselves”


“She was truly inspiring! Absolutely excellent- all objectives were met and expectations were greatly surpassed. The audience came from over 30 countries worldwide, they greatly appreciated Dame Ellen’s presentation, her passion, motivation and excellence”

Delfino Logic

To enquire about Ellen MacArthur for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@female-motivational-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9158 282.