As kent_island_sailor so eloquently put it "Totally different operations going on for different reasons."
I have circumnavigated and I took my time doing it, visiting countries for extended stops and whiling away almost eight years, because that was my aim. I also wanted the challenge, so we sailed east-to-west through Patagonia and onward. The destinations and the passages meant different things to me but gave me just what I was looking for at the time. Now, I find myself toying with the idea of a nonstop, single-handed circumnavigation, not to set records or win any sort of acclaim, but for myself. Each person has different motivation and, no matter what it happens to be, at least it keeps them on the water and off the couch!