French Sailor Francois Gabart sets Around the World in 42 Days Solo Record

French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record 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 organisers, tracking his journey by satellite, tweeted Mr Gabart, 34, reached the finish line near Ouessant island, off France’s western coast, on his trimaran called Macif before dawn on Sunday (local time).

French skipper Francois Gabart waves flares on his trimaran.

Dozens of vessels swarmed around the victorious vessel, accompanying Mr Gabart as he waved flares on his trimaran.

A crowd of supporters waited to welcome him in nearby Brest, a historic port city and sailing capital from where he departed on November 4, and where residents have been following his travels.

“It’s a crazy pleasure … all this human energy,” Mr Gabart said.

“I’m a solitary sailor but this is a pleasure.”

A boat with MACIF on its sail is surrounded by speed boats.

He was carried aloft by his ground crew and popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

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Magnifique spectacle dans le Goulet de @BrestFr pour saluer l’arrivée de @francoisgabart à bord du  !