Ellen MacArthur is a world record cross-channel swimmer
What was the time of year when Ellen McArthur had to repair her sail during the race?
What does following quotation suggest?
'I felt almost as if I was stepping on to the moon - a world over which I had no control'
She doesn't know what she is doing
She is in a strange situation
It is exciting but unpredicatble
Fill in the blanks with the technical sailing jargon used by McArthur:
I laid out the new on deck, it neatly so there were no twists. As I took the mast in my hands and began to climb I felt almost as if I was stepping on to the moon — a world over which I had no control. You can’t ease the or take a , nor can you alter the settings for the autopilot. If something goes wrong you are not there to attend to it. You are a passive observer looking down at your boat some 90 feet below you. After climbing just a couple of metres I realized how hard it was going to be, I couldn’t feel my fingers — I’d need gloves, despite the loss in dexterity. I climbed down, getting soaked as we ploughed into a wave — the decks around my feet were awash. I unclipped my from the halyard and put on a pair of sailing gloves. There would be no second climb on this one — I knew that I would not have the energy.
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Which of the following words could be used to describe Ellen McArthur?
What colloquial term does McArthur use to keep herself going towards the end of this passage?
Ellen McArthur once said that " courage is not having the energy to go on, it's going on when you do not have the energy"
The passage from Taking on the World illustrates how McArthur puts this philosophy into practice in her sailing.
What does Ellen McArthur mean when she says, at the end of the passage, ' I felt like a million dollars' ?
She felt rich
She felt pleased with herself
She felt like she had achieved soemthing
Why does Ellen McArthur end the passage by saying:
'Santa had called on Kingfisher early and we had the best present ever - a new halyard.'
HINT: There may be more than one answer! click all that apply.
Because the events happened at Christmas time
To express her joy at having a new sail
To link back to her opening sentence
To allow the reader to compare their Christmas with hers
To make her achievement seem insignificant