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Last Updated: Friday July 17 2009 15:29 GMT

Teen breaks global sailing record

Zac Sunderland after finishing his solo round the world trip

Teenager sets solo sailing record

A teenager has broken the record for being the youngest person to sail around the world single-handed.

Zac Sunderland, who's 17, made the 28,000 mile trip in 13 months, facing storms, equipment breakdown and suspected pirates.

Hundreds of people greeted him as he arrived at Marina Del Rey, on the west coast of America, on Thursday evening in his yacht, the Intrepid.

The plucky adventurer has said he'd love to do it all again.

During his time at sea, he ate mostly freeze-dried food and suffered from lack of sleep when his yacht was damaged.

He also had a close encounter with suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, when they circled his boat before apparently being scared off.

Record breaker

Zac might be a record breaker, but he won't hold his title for long.

A younger sailor, Mike Perham from the UK, is expected to complete his own round-the-world trip in about three weeks time.

The American said he wasn't too bothered by that.

"Someone's going to beat it some day," he said.

Next challenge

He added that he was already planning his next challenge.

"I'm hoping to set off on my next adventure soon - Mount Everest or down to the Arctic Circle," he said.