Having arrived in Newport yesterday Ellen McArthur is preparing B&Q for a possible transatlantic record attempt

Ellen MacArthur arrived in Newport Shipyard, Newport Rhode Island at 11am local time yesterday. After sailing through some fog patches in 15kts of south-westerly breeze, she was joined by her shore team to help navigate her the final four miles to the dock.

The decision for B&Q to arrive at Newport Rhode Island, rather than New York, was taken at the end of last week by MacArthur and her shore team, led by tehcnical director, Neil Graham, to faciliate work to boat.

B&Q will now undergo a series of checks to fully analyse the impact of the journey from New Zealand. The team will also work through the job list compiled by Ellen during her journey before going on standby for a possible transatlantic attempt.