Closed up inside the tiny cabin, we had created our own little world, professionals getting on with the job at hand. Upon arrival, though, we were heroes. For the crew, it was a life-changing experience. Branson established his business empire, the Virgin Group. I got involved in four more Atlantic record attempts, including one under sail that ended in disaster. I also worked with the Italian Destriero attempt; the vessel currently holds the record with an average crossing speed of 53 knots. Ridgway, who originally worked for Cougar Marine, switched to Virgin and went on to become the CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways.