Solo sailor completes circumnavigation in 21-footer

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Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto completed a 268-day circumnavigation late last week in a 21-foot mini-Transat, reportedly the smallest boat to sail around the world solo and non-stop in such a time.

Di Benedetto was dismasted just before rounding Cape Horn, forcing him to sail the entire length of the Atlantic under jury rig, according to a Yachting Monthly report.

After the dismasting he set up the jury rig and headed for Chile, but the new configuration worked so well that he rounded the Horn and continued his non-stop voyage.

Di Benedetto, 40, arrived July 22 in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, where he started nearly nine months ago.

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