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Around The Globe in 93 Days - ALONE!

Michel Desjoyeaux in his Open 60 PRB is the winner in the Vendee Globe Challenge, single handed race around the world. The yacht crossed the finish line in the small harbor of the French village Les Sables de' Ollone 93 days 3 hours and 57 minutes after the start from this point ! This is an astonishing new world record and phenomenal improvement of 12 days 16 hours and 33 minutes on the previous record. It's interesting to note that after sailing about 25.000 miles the close race has lasted until the finish with a dog fight taking place between the famous Frenchman Desjoyeaux and the young British girl Ellen MacArthur in the second place, following close the French yachtsman Roland Jourdain in the third place.

The increase in speed is attributed to the improvements in the design of the yachts and autopilot technology that enable the skippers to keep the sails up for longer in stronger winds, further in this race all the yachts have Inmarsat B satellite communication systems and the quality of weather information was vastly improved, making for more precise routing.


15/2/2001

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