A new world record for the circumnavigation of the globe has been set by a French team of 13 sailors aboard the Banque Populaire V. They did it in 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds. No longer does it take 80 days as in Jules Verne's book after that title.
The breaking of the record was so significant for the French that their president Nicolas Sarkozy called the captain Loick Peyron to give congratulations.
Sailing is always an adventure and crossing the great seas of the Earth brings out all the romantic notions of the wind in your hair, if you have any left, and see exotic places and peoples. It brings back the age of Wooden Ships and Iron Men.