Sailor Blows Around-the-World Record Out of the Water

French skipper beat previous record, set just last year, by more than 6 days
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2017 2:00 PM CST
French skipper Francois Gabart lights flares aboard his 30m MACIF trimaran as he celebrates his world record, off Brest harbor, western France, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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(Newser) – If it seems like just last year that a sailor beat the record for sailing around the world solo with a "mind blowing time," well, let us introduce you to the new record-holder: Frenchman Francois Gabart completed the feat on Sunday with a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, and 35 seconds, reports the BBC. If that doesn't exactly seem blazing, consider that he beat the previous record, set just last year by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville, by more than six days, reports the AP. Gabart, 34, hit the finish line off France's western coast before dawn Sunday, where he was greeted by dozens of boats and supporters. "It's a crazy pleasure ... all this human energy," Gabart said. "I'm a solitary sailor, but this is a pleasure."

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