When Ellen finished the Vendee Globe, yachting's toughest race aged just 24 the nation took her to it's heart. The depth of the affection for Ellen is extraordinary - she makes people feel like they can do anything!
This is her story, written intrue Ellen style, in her own words, without the help of a ghost writer.
Passionate, dramatic and and deeply affecting, her story will move and inspire all who read it.
Ellen was described in the Observer as 'The first true heroine of the 21st Century'. She's been named Sailor of the Year twice, was crowned World Champion, was named Sunday Times Person of the year 2001 and was runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Ellen is from Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and lives in Cowes.