Living: Jeantot, Superstar of the Sea

A French solo sailor breaks round-the-world records

One of the finishers has worked as a dogsled driver in Antarctica. Another has pushed a cab in Tokyo and helped lead a Japanese expedition to the North Pole. One of the younger old salts set a deep-sea diving record off his native France in 1977. An odds-on favorite was a 56-year-old Aussie who was sailing the oceans when some of his rivals were playing with boats in their bathtubs. A competitor from Eastern Europe, a Czech, has written ten books on sea adventure, and applied...

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