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By Euronews
French sailor sets new world record

<p>Frenchman Thomas Coville has made sailing history after securing the world record for a single-handed non-stop sailing of the globe.</p> <p>The 48-year-old crossed the finish line off the coast of Brittany on Sunday following a voyage of 49 days three hours seven minutes and 38 seconds. He initially set sail from Brest in France on November 6th.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Record?src=hash">#Record</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDMSodebo?src=hash">#TDMSodebo</a> <br /> 49 jours 3 heures 7 minutes 38 secondes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ABrestPourThomas?src=hash">#ABrestPourThomas</a> pour fêter ca <a href="https://t.co/mnfrtu6zxX">pic.twitter.com/mnfrtu6zxX</a></p>— Sodebo Voile (@Sodebo_Voile) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sodebo_Voile/status/813328000209055744">26 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>He slashed more than eight days off the previous record according to his sponsor Sodebo. </p> <p>Coville often slept as little as 3 hours a night; his yacht achieved an average speed of 24.1 knots.</p> <p>The grueling achievement was Coville’s fifth attempt to beat the previous record of 57 days 13 hours 34 minutes and 6 seconds set in 2008 by another Frenchman Francis Joyon.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Le parcours de <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThomasCoville?src=hash">#ThomasCoville</a> sur <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SodeboUltim?src=hash">#SodeboUltim</a> (28  400nm) en un <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GIF?src=hash">#GIF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDMSodebo?src=hash">#TDMSodebo</a> <a href="https://t.co/gCzeJk9pn1">pic.twitter.com/gCzeJk9pn1</a></p>— Philippe <span class="caps">LACOUR</span> (@__phiphou__) <a href="https://twitter.com/__phiphou__/status/813134891076485122">25 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>