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The man who sailed the world in 42 days

Published 1044 GMT (1844 HKT) January 11, 2018
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Last month, Francois Gabart set a new single-handed around-the-world sailing record of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds at his first attempt. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Gabart was mobbed when he eventually disembarked in the town of Brest in western France on December 17. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Technological advancements mean Gabart's record isn't likely to stand for long. His MACIF yacht, for example, had a bigger sail area and was wider than previous round the world trimarans. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Gabart celebrates with his routing manager Jean-Yves Bernot, who helped him navigate the high seas from dry land. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A meteorologist and navigator, Bernot served as Gabart's route planner working from an office in Chatelaillon-Plage. XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images