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Frenchman sails around the world in 40 days

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PARIS: Frenchman Francis Joyon and his crew, aboard the trimaran IDEC Sport, won the Jules Verne trophy for fastest outright sailing time around the world with a time of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes on Thursday.


The previous record was held by France’s Loic Peyron, who had completed the circumnavigation around the world in 45 days 13 hours and 42 minutes in 2012.


Last month, Thomas Coville of France set a new solo round-the-world record in 49 days.


Joyon, 60, completed his trip in the early hours of Thursday near Ouessant, in Brittany, with a crew of five — Clement Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwenole Gahinet and Sebastien Audigane. — Reuters


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