A French yachtsman returned to his home port of Saint Malo in Britainny on Thursday (28 March) after a solo voyage around the world.
GV PAN over harbor at Saint Malo
GV Crowds standing on quayside
SV & SV Trimaran moored at dockside (2 shots)
SV Colas and fiance walk into crowd of newsmen on Pier (3 shots)
GV Colas on balcony of Yacht Club.
GTV Crowds outside Yacht Club
SV Colas and fiance on balcony
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Background: A French yachtsman returned to his home port of Saint Malo in Britainny on Thursday (28 March) after a solo voyage around the world.
Alain Colas---who's thirty--set out from Saint Malo in November last year. He had only one stop during his 169-day voyage --- in Sydney, Australia --- and broke the old record for the journey from France to Australia set by the late Sir Francis Chichester in Gypsy Moth.
The Australian waters held pitfalls for the Frenchman. His trimaran almost collided with a freighter as he was entering Sydney herbour, and he was in a coma for almost three days in the Great Australia Sight, when he was overcome by leaking diesel fumes.
The French yachtsman received a hero's welcome as he sailed into Saint Malo. He was ushered into the Dinard Yacht Club, and told newsmen "It's good to be back".
Colas made the voyage in a 20 metres long (77 feet) trimaran, the Manureva, formerly the Penduick III on which he sailed during his training years as a yachtsman in Australia seven years ago.
Colas was followed around the globe by his Tahitian fiance, Teura Krause, aged 24, whom he met on a trip to Tahiti with Australian yachtsman Eric Tabarly. Miss Krause was at Saint Malo to welcome Colas home.