Fantastic Voyages - Circumnavigation Records
Phileas Fogg travelled "Around the World in Eighty Days" in Jules Verne's classic 1873 novel, and humankind has been enthralled by circumnavigations ever since. Here are a few of our most dedicated record-holding travelers.
Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle
The fastest circumnavigation by bicycle is 127 days and was achieved by Alan Bate (UK) who cycled a distance of 29,467.91 km (18,310.47 mi) and travelled over 42,608.76 km (26,475.8 mi) in total (including transfers). The journey started and finished at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March to 4 August 2010.
Fastest circumnavigation by yacht
A crew of 13 captained by Loïck Peyron (France) sailed around the world in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds in the yacht Banque Populaire 5 , between 22 November 2011 and 6 January 2012. The journey finished off Ushant, France.
First circumnavigation by solar-powered boat
MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar (Switzerland) circumnavigated the world in a westward direction from Monaco in 1 year 7 months and 7 days from 27 September 2010 to 4 May 2012 on solar power only. The boat had accumulated 32,410 nautical miles (60,023 km; 37,296 miles) on its arrival in Monaco.
First circumnavigation by hydrogen-powered car
The inventor of the motor car, Mercedes-Benz, was the first manufacturer to circumnavigate the world with a hydrogen-powered ‘fuel cell’ vehicle. It took a fleet of three identical cars (based on the company’s B-Class hatchback) on a 125-day journey to celebrate the car-maker’s 125th anniversary. The excursion started and finished in Stuttgart, Germany, taking in 14 countries.