Alex THOMSON

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Greatest distance covered in 24h since the start :
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Distance covered since the start :
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Fair conditions for the 6 skippers still at sea

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Light easterly winds for the finish

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Fine conditions for Boissières, Amedeo and Colman

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Weather conditions are improving

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  • Finish arrival of Alex Thomson (GBR), skipper Hugo Boss, 2nd place of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 20th, 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Alex Thomson (GBR)

    Press conference with Alex Thomson

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  • Finish arrival of Alex Thomson (GBR), skipper Hugo Boss, 2nd place of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 20th, 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Alex Thomson (GBR)

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  • Finish arrival of Alex Thomson (GBR), skipper Hugo Boss, 2nd place of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 20th, 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Alex Thomson (GBR)

    Interview with Alex Thomson at the podium

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Alex THOMSON

42 years old

Titchfield (ANG)

Alex Thomson is not just someone, who dives off the top of a mast in his best suit (although it takes skill to dive 29 metres while moving) for the PR requirements of his sponsor, Hugo Boss. The picture was seen around the world on Internet, but Alex Thomson has greater sporting ambitions: he wants to become the first British winner of the Vendée Globe.

He does indeed have what it takes with a foiling boat built by Green Marine in England. In the last race (3rd in 2012/2013), Alex Thomson showed everyone that he could make it to the podium with a second-hand boat. He is often shown as an example of what can be done with an older boat by his peers.

But this was not the only moment of glory along the way for Alex, who can boast an exciting past. This fan of speed grew up on the South coast of England and back in 1999 became the youngest sailor to win the crewed race around the world, the Clipper Round The World Race, which he achieved at the age of 25. Forced out of the Vendée Globe twice in 2004 and 2008, this is now but a distant memory. Alex is a phenomenon, able to push back his personal limits and those of his boat. Just like when he smashed the solo Atlantic crossing record or sailing double-handed came in second in the Barcelona World Race. The British sailor is certainly stubborn and very experienced. Like Vincent Riou and Bertrand de Broc, this will be his fourth attempt  when he lines up at the start of the Everest of the Seas. He really wants this one to be the big one. He is certainly up there with the favourites. One day, a non-French sailor will indeed win the Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson may be the man to do it.

There was a huge scare with his brand new Hugo Boss, which Alex had to abandon at sea following damage in the last double-handed transatlantic race. Fortunately, his team managed to recover the 60-foot boat and repair her. She should be 100% ready at the start in Les Sables d’Olonne.

Achievements

HUGO BOSS

IMOCA monohull

HUGO BOSS
  • Sail number : GBR 99
  • Designer: VPLP-Verdier
  • Chantier : Green Marine
  • Launch Date: 01 September 2015
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: nc
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,5 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 2 (foils)
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: nc
  • Upwind sail area: 340 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 570 m²
The boat: Hugo Boss

Built at Green Marine and launched in the summer of 2015, Alex Thomson’s new boat is also a VPLP-Verdier design fitted with foiling appendages, like all the other brand new boats with the exception of Nandor Fa’s Spirit of Hungary. Alex Thomson asked for a boat that was capable of winning… but just as was the case with Paul Meilhat’s SMA, we had a huge scare that these dreams would disappear, after Alex was forced to abandon his boat in the double-handed transatlantic race. The boat was fortunately recovered and Hugo Boss has been repaired and reinforced after this tricky, maiden race. She is bound to be very competitive… with everyone watching her closely because of her classy looks.

Contact Press

Sarah BROOKE
07825749346 / 02392524343
sarah@alexthomsonracing.com

Philippine LAURAIRE
+33 (0)676158410 / +33 (0)142566060
plauraire@frettecommunication.com

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