French yachtsman François Gabart beats solo round-the-world record

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The 34-year-old arrived back in north-west France in the early hours of Sunday after completing his 27,860-nautical-mile tour of the globe in a trimaran in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, beating the previous record by six days and recording an average speed of 27.2 knots.

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A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days, reports BBC News.