49-year old Brian Thompson of Southampton has lifted the prestigious Jules Verne trophy by navigating around the world in 45 days and a few odd hours – the earlier record was of 48 days and a few odd hours. This is the 4th time that he has sailed around the world.
He completed the remarkable feat in a 130-foot trimran, the Banque Populaire V, with a crew of 14 Frenchmen for company – and became of the British sailors to enter the portals of history alongside the likes of Sir Francis Drake.
The boat had been covering a distance of approximately 620 miles daily at an average speed of 26 knots – it was, as per Brian, a bit stressful and they lost a couple of days due to bad weather.
With his achievement, Brian Thompson becomes the first British sailor to get the title after Sir Robin Knox Johnson did it in 1994 – he had taken 74 days to complete the 28,000 mile course.