Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 13:19 GMT
Teenager sets round-the-world record
Jesse Martin's 11-month voyage sees him sail into the record books
An Australian teenager has become the youngest solo yachtsman to sail non-stop around the globe.
Jesse Martin, 18, returned to Melbourne on Sunday - 11 months after leaving the port to embark on his epic journey.
Martin received a hero's welcome at the Sandringham Yacht Club, his record-breaking efforts cheered by a 20,000-strong crowd.
"It feels great to be around people again and to smell the smells of land," Martin said.
The teenager was modest about his circumnavigation record: "I do not consider myself as the world's best sailor, I have never been in a yachting race in my life.
"I've just put up a bit of sail and done four knots all the way around the world - that's nothing special."
Heavy seas put wind up sailor
The young sailor did admit to being afraid during his ambitious voyage.
His craft narrowly escaped a collision with a tanker and was once hit by a whale in the South Atlantic.
The yacht also took a battering in heavy seas, and was knocked over on several occasions.
"There were times, especially off the Cape of Good Hope, when I was worried. You've got things way out of your control ... big, huge, energy waves smashing into you. I was concerned for the mast."
Safe on dry land, and after almost a year of pre-packed meals, Martin says he is looking forward to eating hamburgers again.