Dame Ellen MacArthur visits St Crispin's SchoolBy Jon Nurse
February 19, 2013
Sailing legend Dame Ellen MacArthur has swapped riding the waves for promoting her vision for a renewable future.
The retired yachtswoman spoke to Year 10 pupils at St Crispin’s School on Monday, about the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which she launched in September 2010.
After a special assembly at the secondary school in London Road, pupils were given the chance to quiz Dame Ellen.
She said: “The questions were fantastic. What I loved about it was the young people were panning this out into the future.”
The yachting star, famous for becoming the fastest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed in 2005, is championing a more sustainable approach to business.
She explained: “A circular economy is one that is generated by design – an economy where you design products, materials and services ultimately to be able to recover them and put them back into the economy.”
Sally Jones, head of year, said: “It was a fascinating presentation. She went over some of her early life and her amazing feats of sailing and the challenges she met.
“We had several very interesting questions afterwards about the use of raw materials and whether this could stifle innovation or cause it to flourish.”
Pupil Aonghas Mackay said: “It’s a totally new way of thinking and it re-designs the whole economy. It could change the world and has been thoroughly thought through, it’s very impressive.”
Classmate Saskia Kershaw added: “If enough people put their heads to it this can work. Everyone says our generation will have to sort out the energy problem but it’s nice to know people in the generation before are working hard as well.”
Dame Ellen added: “I miss sailing hugely. I never wanted to stop but I’ve no regrets about the decision I’ve made and I love the work I’m doing here.”