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Breaking: Hungary’s Sailing Legend Nándor Fa Has Circumnavigated The Globe Once Again

Tamás Székely 2017.02.08.

Nándor Fa has brought his legendary ship “Spirit of Hungary” across the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 10 hrs 54 m 09 secs UTC this Wednesday morning to earn an excellent eighth place overall, the competition’s official website reported.


Vendée Globe, a non-stop, round-the-world international yacht tour, started last November in Les Sables-d’Olonne in France and is finish at the same place after the sailors circumnavigated the globe along the clipper route: from Les Sables d’Olonne, down the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope; then clockwise around Antarctica, keeping Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to port; then back to Les Sables d’Olonne.

The 63-year-old Hungarian sailor has completed this epic eight edition of the world race 24 years after becoming the first ever non-French skipper to complete the Vendée Globe. His elapsed time on Spirit of Hungary, which he designed himself, is 93 days 22 hrs, 52 mins, and 9 secs. He sailed 27,850 miles at an average speed of 12.35 knots.

Nándor Fa enjoyed an emotional reunion with his wife Iren and two daughters Lilli, 27, and Anna, 37, both of whom were tiny when their father first returned triumphant.