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Fastest Woman Sailor Gets Hero’s Welcome

    The round-the-world yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur has spent her first night on land after her record breaking performance in the Globe Vendee Challenge. She’s received a hero’s welcome when she crossed the races finish line in second place last night.

   Her boat broken but her spirit unbowed, 24-year old Ellen MacArthur sailed into the record books. Tens of thousands of people watched her cross the finish line to become the fastest woman to sail around the world on her own. The last few days have been the most grueling. When her rigging was damaged, her chances of winning ended. But even though she had to reduce her speed, she still increased her lead on her closest rival to arrive a comfortable second. Looking confident and clearly excited by the extraordinary welcome from the crowds, her composure broke just once when she was given three cheers as she stepped off the boat that had been her whole world for 94 days.

   Jane O'Brien- BBC News, Les Sables d’Olonne 
 

难点注释:

yacht: 帆船,快艇                                 

unbowed: 不屈不挠,不弯的

grueling: 折磨的,令人筋疲力尽            

rigging: 绳索,帆索

composure: 镇静,沉着

参考译文:

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    她的船受损了,但她的精神不屈,24岁的埃伦·麦克阿瑟驶进了纪录书里。成千上万的人目睹她越过终点线成为环球赛中最快的女人。最后剩下的几天比赛令人筋疲力尽。当她的帆索损毁时,她就失去了获胜的机会。但尽管她必须减低航速,她仍然拉开与最近对手的距离,轻松赢得第二名。面对盛大的欢迎场面,她看起来既自信又十分兴奋,当她步出与她相伴94天的帆船,接受观众给予她的三次欢呼时,她已无法控制自己的感情。

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