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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 February, 2004, 12:11 GMT
Sailing's greatest feat?
Francis Joyon and his family

Francis Joyon's new solo round-the-world record of 73 days is being hailed as one of the greatest feats in the history of sailing. BBC Sport looks back at the sport's great milestones.

1522: The first circumnavigation of the globe was led by Ferdinand Magellan. He left Spain with five ships and 237 men and was killed in the Philippines, but one ship limped home three years later with 18 survivors.

1898: The first person to sail around the world solo was American Joshua Slocum in Spray.

It also took him three years, finishing in June 1898, and he stopped off at islands along the way to stock up.

1967: The first person to do it stopping only once was Briton Sir Francis Chichester in 1966-67 in Gypsy Moth.

He spent 226 days at sea but had to stop for repairs in Sydney.

1969: Fellow Briton Robin Knox-Johnston achieved the first non-stop circumnavigation when he won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 312 days.

He left Falmouth on board Suhaili on 14 June 1968 and returned a hero on 22 April the following year.

1971: Sir Chay Blyth carried on the British pioneering tradition by becoming the first person ever to sail around the world against the prevailing winds and currents in his boat British Steel.

He took 392 days to complete the feat and is still one of only three men ever to do it the 'wrong' way around.

1988: Kay Cottee took 189 days to make the first solo non-stop run by a woman.

Ellen MacArthur, Sam Davies and Emma Richards
Ellen MacArthur, Sam Davies and Emma Richards are three of Britain's top ocean sailors

1989: Olivier de Kersauson set the fastest time for a solo multi-hull circumnavigation, taking 125 days, 19 hours and 32 minutes in Un Autre Regard. This record for multi-hulls stood for 15 years until Joyon smashed it by 52 days.

1997: A new record for the fastest time taken to sail around of 71 days was set, in the same boat Joyon used, though it was then called Sport-Elec.

There were 10 crew on board - Joyon's feat is so incredible as he sailed the boat alone.

2001: Michel Desjoyeaux set a new record of 93 days, three hours, 57 minutes and 32 seconds in his 60ft monohull when he won the last Vendee Globe, the toughest race in the world.

He broke the record of 109 days set by Titouan Lamazou in Ecureuil D'Aquitaine II.

Britain's Ellen MacArthur, aged 24, came second to Desjoyeaux, taking 94 days to become the youngest person and fastest woman to solo sail around the world.

Vendee Globe mishaps
Since the race began in 1989 two yachtsmen have died and others have been rescued
1992: Nigel Burgess from Monaco dies in mysterious circumstances in Bay of Biscay
1996: Canadian Gerry Roufs' yacht sinks and is washed up in Chile. His body is never found
1996: Tony Bullimore spends days inside his upturned hull before being rescued by the Australian navy.

2002: Bruno Peyron, a Frenchman, and his 14 crew set a record of 64 days, 8hr 37min in the 110ft catamaran Orange to win the Jules Verne Trophy.

2004: Francis Joyon crushes de Kersauson's 125-day round-the-world record for a multi-hull and Desjoyeaux's 93-day singled-handed monohull record.

The 48-year-old skipper reaches the French port of Brest in 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds at sea.

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