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Around the world in under 21'

A Polish sailor last week set a world record for sailing around the world in the smallest yacht to have made the trip. On his 270-day solo journey, Szymon Kuczynski, 37, was confined to just four square metres of living space on the Atlantic Puffin, which is 20ft 10in long. He sailed the 29,000 nautical miles without medical or technical support, and stopped at no ports. His route took him around the capes of Africa, Australia and South America, where he experienced a snowstorm that damaged his mast. “It’s great to be back on land. I’m very hungry,” he told The Times, on arrival in Plymouth.