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Swiss sets new transatlantic record

Swiss Bernard Stamm set off from New York on January 28

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Bernard Stamm has set a new world record after he crossed the Atlantic in a monohull, completing the journey in eight days, 20 hours and 55 minutes.

The former Vendée Globe competitor beat the previous record holder, Robert Miller, by more than three hours.

Miller congratulated the Swiss for his achievement, particularly for breaking the record during the winter months, when conditions are rougher.

It took Stamm three years to prepare for the challenge, surviving on a non-existent budget and only finding sponsorship at the last minute.

Stamm set off from New York on January 28 together with three crew members. Christophe Lebas, Jean-Baptiste L'Ollivier and Francois Scheek accompanied the Swiss sailor on his epic 2,925 mile journey.

Tuesday's accomplishment was compensation for Stamm's disappointing performance when he was earlier forced to pull out of the Vendée Globe.

swissinfo with agencies


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