Alex Thomson / HUGO BOSS
Six new boats built all around Europe
Throughout the summer, naming ceremonies, safety verifications, righting tests and first outings – either in a race or for training purposes - came one after the other. So that by early September the six new boats, which will compete in the…
Foils on the IMOCAs – what the designers think
Promising on paper, the innovation is now being tried and tested for real. Four 60-foot IMOCAs fitted with foils are already in the water (Safran, Banque Populaire, Edmond de Rothschild and Vento di Sardegna) and they will shortly be joined by two…
Couples forming for the Transat Jacques Vabre
With a view to the Transat Jacques Vabre, the skippers of the IMOCA class are selecting their co-skippers for this double-handed race between Le Havre and Itajaí (Brazil), which is due to set sail on 25 October 2015. Among the latest names…
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Résidence : Titchfield (ANG)
Age : 38
Boat : HUGO BOSS
Website : www.alexthomsonracing.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 3rd entry in the Vendée Globe (retired in 2008-2009 and 2004-2005)
When you live on the shores of the Solent, you can hardly avoid a life on the sea. Alex Thomson is certainly no exception to the rule. At the age of 25, he won the Clipper Round the World Race 1999, becoming the youngest round the world race winner ever.
The youngest round the world race winner ever
In 2003, Alex broke the world distance record, which he then broke again in 2007. He then launched onto the solo racing scene, but his first two round the world attempts were met with frustration when structural failure of his yacht forced his retirement in the Vendée Globe 2004 and his dramatic rescue in the Velux 5 Oceans Race 2006.
Alex then went onto victory in the 2008 Barcelona World Race, securing a 2nd place. It was after this he set his sights firmly on becoming the first Briton to win the world’s toughest sailing challenge; the solo 26,000 mile non-stop Vendée Globe Ocean Race. However, only 3 weeks before the start, Alex’s boat was dramatically struck by a fishing vessel. His team fought against the clock to finish the repairs in record time to achieve the impossible – and get Alex to the start line. Alex’s dreams were shattered after only 3 days when he discovered HUGO BOSS was letting in water.
In 2011 Alex acquired a new 60 race boat, which he has been racing to great success. Then in July 2012 he sensationally broke the East To West Solo Transatlantic Record For 60' Monohulls by over 24 hours. It now sits at 8 days, 22 hours and 8 minutes. But the young Englishman has his sights firmly set on the Vendee Globe and is determined that this edition is where he will realise his dream: to become the first British skipper to win this legendary race.
Wins and Performances
West to east Transat record: 8d 22h 08’)
4th Transat B to B
2nd Transat Jacques Vabre (G.Altadill)
Retired Vendée Globe
2nd Barcelona World Race (A.Cape)
Broke his 24 hours record: 501NM
2nd Rolex Fastnet Race
Retired Velux 5 Oceans Race
Retired Vendée Globe
24 hours distance world record: 468NM
2nd Transat Jacques Vabre (R. Jourdain)
3rd Atlantic Challenge
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