French yachtsman Philippe Monnet on Friday broke the record of non-stop solo round-the-world sailing against prevailing winds and currents by ten days.
The 41-year-old Monnet, who sailed from the French Brittany port of Brest on January 9, crossed the finishing line off the French coast in 151 days 19 hours 54 minutes after sailing east to west.
"It's a huge relief to cross the line with the knowledge that I was going to break the record and getting the boat to the right port," Monnet told journalists after his heroic achievement.
"I was counting down the days, 30 to go, then 20, 10... I still had some bad times at night and I didn't want to break down as I knew that UUNET (his vessel) was quite tired and fragile," he added.
Britain's Mike Golding had set the previous record in 1993 in 161 days, 16 hours 32 minutes.
Monnet said that his journey was much more difficult than he had anticipated and described his trip as "five months of hassle".
This is not the first yachting record for Monnet who also holds the world record from New York to San Francisco by Cape Horn and the Silk route between Hong Kong and London - (AFP)
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