Around the world in just over 80 days!

After 84 days of solo sailing, Michel Desjoyeaux has become the first person to twice win the prestigious Vendée Globe, the non-stop, round-the-world yacht race; and he did it in record time.

Desjoyeaux's boat, Foncia, beat the previous record by three days and seven hours, even though this year's route was actually longer.  He averaged just over 13 knots over the more than 28,000 miles of the race.

He received a hero's welcome upon his return to France on Sunday. The race began at Les Sables d'Olonne before the winter set in, on November 9th.

Roland Jourdain, his closest competitor, has just under one thousand nautical miles to go before the finish. Another 11 competitors are strung out along a north-south axis in the Atlantic Ocean.

Read all about Michel Desjoyeaux triumphant return at the official race website.

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