Sailor Beats World Record With 'Incredible' Time

Thomas Coville sails around world solo in 49 days
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2016 12:02 AM CST
French skipper Thomas Coville poses for a photo with a placard which reads "49 days, 3 hours, 38 seconds."   (Thomas Coville , Photo via AP)

(Newser) – A French sailor has just destroyed the world record for the fastest time around the world on a solo voyage. Thomas Coville reached the finish line in the English Channel precisely 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 38 seconds after he started out, reports France24. That beats the mark set by his countryman Francis Joyon in 2008 by more than eight days. His record-breaking time means that Coville probably slept no more than 30 minutes at a time in his 105-foot trimaran. The sub-50-day time is "incredible," says a post at Yachting World, while a post at Sail-World has images of the journey. (Read more sailing stories.)

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