The Vendée Globe
After 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea, British sailor Alex Thomson reached the finish line of the Vendée Globe on his boat HUGO BOSS at 7:37 UTC Friday 20th January 2017, and in doing so broke his own British record of 80 days for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in a monohull.
As well as becoming the fastest Brit to ever sail solo around the world, Thomson has matched Dame Ellen MacArthur’s second place finish which she achieved back in the 2001 edition of the race. Thomson’s achievements are all the more extraordinary for the fact that he suffered potentially race-ending damage to his boat on day 13 at sea. A collision with an unidentified object in the water caused his starboard foil to break, but even with this set back Alex has fought until the finish securing second place.
British skipper Alex Thomson is a major talent in international yacht racing. Competing in the high-speed, extreme IMOCA 60 class, Alex has been sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003, making their relationship one of the longest in sailing sports sponsorship.
HUGO BOSS have sponsored Alex since 2003, boasting a 12 year long partnership, one of the longest sponsorships in the world of sailing. Alex and his racing team complement the HUGO BOSS brand. His style and character along with his achievements in offshore racing, combined with his record breaking results cements this longstanding successful partnership.