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A Frenchman’s effort to beat a month-old...

A Frenchman’s effort to beat a month-old New York-to-San Francisco sailing record fell just a few hours short as a Phillippe Monnet steered his battered trimaran under the Golden Gate after 81 days and 14,000 miles at sea.

Monnet, the 29-year-old seaman, lost his bid for the record after a series of setbacks, including a brush with a submerged iceberg off Cape Horn that cost him a week for repairs and a tussle with 18-foot seas and a capricious winds off the California coast.

He needed to arrive by 7:34 a.m. PST Thursday to break the record set Feb. 12 by the American sloop Thursday’s Child, which took 80 days and 20 hours.


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