A French sailor has smashed the record for travelling around the world single-handed, completing the journey in just 42 days and 16 hours.

Francois Gabart managed to beat the previous record – set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last Christmas – by six days and 10 hours. Many pundits felt such an achievement was unthinkable.

The 34-year-old made the record-breaking journey in a 98ft (30m) trimaran – a sailing yacht with a main hull with two smaller floats attached – called Macif.

Gabart also managed to smash a few other solo records on the way, including the fastest navigation of the Pacific (seven days, 15 hours and 15 minutes) and the longest distance covered in 24 hours (851 miles).

At one point, he managed to clock up jaw-dropping speeds of 35 knots (40mph)…. see more

source: skynews