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French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates aboard his trimaran Macif upon his arrival at the end of his solo around the world navigation, on December 17, 2017 in Brest, western France. Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest solo navigation of the globe, in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. / AFP PHOTO / Damien MEYER

BREST, France — French sailor Francois Gabart broken the record Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.

That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year.

The organizers, tracking his journey by satellite, tweeted that 34-year-old Gabart reached the finish line near Ouessant island off France’s western coast on his trimaran called “Macif” before dawn Sunday.

Dozens of vessels swarmed around the victory vessel, accompanying Gabart as he waved torches.

Supporters waited to fete him in nearby Brest, a historic port city and sailing capital from where he departed Nov. 4 and where residents have been following his travels.

“It’s a crazy pleasure … all this human energy,” Gabart said later. “I’m a solitary sailor but this is a pleasure.”