Line honours for Dame Ellen
Dame Ellen said: "Incredible race. Amazing event to be part of. Winds were almost too strong on the south side. These Extreme 40s are built for inshore racing, but today we were almost offshore, in fairly big waves and gusty winds. At one point we thought we might be going for the record but the wind wasn’t quite as much in the north as we needed.
"I was sailing today for The Ellen MacArthur Trust. We’ve got five kids on two different boats as well as Katie Miller, sailing with Dan Monk. She sailed round Britain on her own. I can’t wait to see all their smiles when they get ashore."
Ellen took the helm during the race. At times they were hitting 25 knots boat speed. The crew included George Skuodas, Nick Hutton, Greg Homann and BBC South journalist Jo Kent.
As the leaders crossed the line, only a handful of boats had yet to round The Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight.
Provisional finish times first two X40s:
1) JPMorgan Asset Management (X40) - Ellen MacArthur 09.16.03 hours (start 0510)
2) ABN Amro (X40) - Jonny Hutchcroft 09.16.53 hours (start 0510)