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French sailor sets new world record

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By Euronews
French sailor sets new world record
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Frenchman Thomas Coville has made sailing history after securing the world record for a single-handed non-stop sailing of the globe.

"One has to imagine that it lasts 49 days. Physically, mentally, technically, there is enormous pressure, until one hour and half ago you didn't know whether it will end well or if it's not going to end. There is pressure because you can lose everything with a single gesture. And this is almost unbearable, almost unbea

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.

He slashed more than eight days off the previous record according to his sponsor Sodebo.

Coville often slept as little as 3 hours a night; his yacht achieved an average speed of 24.1 knots.

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.