Sailing: Joyon breaks record... then wrecks his boat after falling asleep

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Joyon, the Frenchman whose round-the-world record was broken by Ellen MacArthur in February, reached the Lizard, Cornwall, in a time of 6 days and 4 hours, having knocked 23hr and 33min off the record which had stood for 11 years. He was sailing back to his home port of La Trinité in Brittany when he fell asleep at the helm. "The mast fell down and I think the boat will be smashed into 1,000 pieces," he said.

In contrast to MacArthur, whose team join her at the end of a voyage to help her home, Joyon operates on his own and on a tight budget. He was taken to hospital but, after a check-up, was discharged.