Category Archives: Record Breakers

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World’s oldest person dies aged 117

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Emma Morano, at 117 the world’s oldest person and also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, has died at her home in northern Italy.. . . . More . . .

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French solo sailor Thomas Coville sets incredible new 49-day solo round the world record – with a blistering average speed of 23 knots

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French solo sailor Thomas Coville has succeeded in his fifth attempt to break the solo round the world record with an incredible time of under 50 days. Solo sailor Thomas Coville has pulverised one of the hardest records in sport: … Continue reading

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This $550m yacht is so big it even has a room in its mast

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Sailing Yacht A has been built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. Melnichencko made his fortune in fertiliser, coal and electricity, and likes to spend it on big things. He owns a Boeing 737 BBJ, a villa in Antibes, an estate … Continue reading

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Solo sailor Andy Lamont sets off on westward trip around world in non-stop and unassisted adventure.

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An Australian sailor is attempting to sail “the wrong way” around the world in what he hopes will be a record-breaking journey aboard his 34-foot boat. Andy Lamont left the Gold Coast today and is planning to sail solo, non-stop, … Continue reading

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Record-breaking stars of Guinness World Records of 2017 revealed

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From the world’s youngest woman with a full beard, to the world’s largest domestic cat, the Guinness World Records (GWR) of 2017 have been unveiled. Among the record holders is body positivity campaigner and catwalk model Harnaam Kaur, 24, who … Continue reading

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Luke Aikins: Skydiver jumps out of plane at 7,600m, lands in net with no parachute or wingsuit.

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American Luke Aikins has leapt into the void at 7,600 metres with no parachute or wingsuit, becoming the first skydiver in the world to land safely on the ground in a net. Mr Aikins — who has done movie stunts … Continue reading

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Record-breaking superyacht in NZ for repairs.

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The world’s largest single-masted superyacht, named M5 is moored in Auckland, its towering mast reducing all others to look like matchsticks. M5 has a soaring 90m high mast too large to fit under the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is at … Continue reading

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Crew of four women rowing 15,640km across Pacific Ocean set to arrive in Cairns

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A group of women striving to become the first ever team of four to row the Pacific Ocean will arrive at the end of their journey today at Cairns in far north Queensland. The Coxless Crew, made up of Meg … Continue reading

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John Beeden becomes first person to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop to Australia

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Adventurer John Beeden has become the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland. December 27 marked day 209 at sea for Mr Beeden, who has rowed more than 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific … Continue reading

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Wool world record: 42kg fleece shorn off overgrown sheep in Canberra.

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Wool shorn off an overgrown sheep found near Canberra yesterday has set a world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, the RSPCA says. The sheep, found yesterday, underwent a risky shearing operation to remove 42.3 kilograms of … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands in Hawaii after completing historic flight in quest to circle the globe

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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered plane, piloted … Continue reading

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Japanese train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

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Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train has set a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train – short … Continue reading

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World’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies aged 117 in Japan

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The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, has died in Japan a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. The nursing home where she lived in Osaka said she died around 7:00am (local time). On the occasion of her birthday early last … Continue reading

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Monster Machines: New Super-Yacht Aims To Break Toughest Records In Sailing

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A speedy new vessel owned by tech-billionaire Jim Clark is set to make some waves at next month’s Sydney to Hobart sailing race. Not only is his super-yacht super fast, it’s one of the most technologically advanced ships on the … Continue reading

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World’s tallest man Sultan Kosen meets world’s shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi.

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The world’s tallest and shortest men have met in London at an event organised by Guinness World Records. The little and large act met as people across the globe tried to break all manner of weird and wacky world records, … Continue reading

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Great voyages: Record-breaking rowing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking around Australia.

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Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov finished his 16,000 kilometre solo voyage from Chile, South America, to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday. The adventurer rowed alone for five months to reach Australia in a purpose-built rowing boat. But Konyukhov’s journey is not … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle: 10 famous floating note discoveries.

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What is believed to be the world’s oldest discovered message in a bottle has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, 101 years after it was first tossed into the sea in Germany. People have been putting messages in bottles for … Continue reading

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World’s tallest man, visits Sydney.

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The world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, has made his first visit to Australia, proving to a group of schoolkids that giants really do exist. “I really love Australia,” Mr Kosen said during a visit to Amity College in south-west Sydney. … Continue reading

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Worlds Toughest Rowing Race: Locura wins The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

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We are proud to announce the winners of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013 are Tom Salt and Mike Burton of Locura Rows the Atlantic. Brits Mike and Tom have beaten 15 international teams to win the Talisker Whisky Atlantic … Continue reading

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Largest Sailing Yacht in the World

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Sea Cloud 96.35m (316’1″) | 1931 When stockbroker and yachtsman Edward F Hutton married heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s, he introduced her to yachting aboard his three-masted schooner Hussar. Post and Hutton later built an even larger yacht, … Continue reading

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Fastest yacht around the world.

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Banque Populaire V –   45 days, 13 hours, and 43 minutes. She was launched at the end of August 2008 in Lorient for her sea trials. In 2009, she made her first attempt across the northern Atlantic from west to … Continue reading

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Headed to the heat for holiday destination at Death Valley

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WOULD you holiday in hell? “Come to Death Valley!” screamed the advert. “It has all the advantages of hell without the inconveniences,” it continued, an April Fool’s joke printed in The Death Valley Chuck-Walla – A Magazine for Men in … Continue reading

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World’s Smallest Park

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The British and the Americans are quarreling – tongue in cheek – over territory again, this time over who has the world’s smallest park.  One, in Portland, Oregon, is essentially a concrete planter, two feet (0.6 meters) in diameter, with soil … Continue reading

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Las Balsas

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As a young man, Spaniard Vital Alsar was captivated by Thor Heyerdahl’s epic voyage half way across the Pacific in the balsa raft Kon-Tiki.  Heyerdahl believed that South American Indians used these rafts to colonise remote Pacific islands.  Many thought … Continue reading

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Jessica Watson around the World

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Jessica Watson left Sydney, in the 10.2 metre “Pink Lady”, on the 18th October 2009.  Returned on 15th May 2010, after completing about 18,265 nautical miles, on her solo round the world sailing trip. – 3 days before her 17th … Continue reading