French sailor slashes around the world solo record


    A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days, BBC reports.

    François Gabart finished his circuit of the globe early on Sunday, in a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

    He completed the journey non-stop, confined to his trimaran sailing yacht since 4 November.

    Gabart broke the record set by his countryman Thomas Coville last year.

    It was first set by another Frenchman, Francis Joyon, in 2004 and was also held at one stage by British national Dame Ellen MacArthur.

    Gabart’s new record has yet to be verified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, which will check the ship’s GPS data before confirming the result.

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