British sailor Alex Thomson sets another two race records

Today at 11:00 UTC, British sailor Alex Thomson smashed two more race records in the solo, non-stop, around the world race, the Vendée Globe as he reached the Cape of Good Hope in 17d 22hrs  58mins. Thomson has beaten the previous race record to this milestone by 5d 0hrs 48mins. The former record of 22d 23hrs 46mins was held by skipper Armel Le Cléac’h onboard Banque Populaire in 2012. Le Cléac’h is currently in second place, 76 nautical miles behind Thomson Read More

Alex Thomson beats 24 hour world distance record

British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record in the Vendee Globe, travelling 535.34 nautical miles in 24 hours. Francois Gabart set the record of 534.48 nautical miles in 2012 Vendee Globe and Thomson has sailed an additional 1,573 metres. However, the official rule of the world speed sailing record states that the record must be exceeded by one complete nautical mile further than the previous record in order to be ratified. The distance Read More

Press Statement – Incident onboard

Saturday 19th November - Alex Thomson Racing is currently dealing with a situation onboard HUGO BOSS. At 09.35 UT this morning Alex sustained damage after a collision with an unidentified floating object whilst in the southern Atlantic racing in the Vendee Globe. This has resulted in damage to the starboard foil, which Alex will inspect once the wind and sea state has become calmer. Alex explains ""Having had pretty quick night where the boat was sailing high Read More

First to the Equator – British Skipper Alex Thomson has broken a Race Record in the Vendee Globe

Tuesday 15th November  19:05 UTC-  British Skipper Alex Thomson onboard HUGO BOSS has crossed the Equator in first place and in the fastest time ever in the Vendée Globe solo, non-stop, round the world race. Having led the fleet since Saturday evening Thomson has set a new race record reaching the Equator in the Vendee Globe. Crossing the Equator in 9 days and  7 hours and 3 minutes.Thomson onboard HUGO BOSS has now entered the South Atlantic Ocean in the Read More

Alex Thomson extends his lead for Britain in the Vendée Globe

Tuesday 15th November - Thomson this morning strengthens his first position as he continues to lead in the Vendée Globe 2016. As the UK awakened Alex found himself 65 Nautical Miles ahead of the next competitor Armel l’Cleac’h, racing on Banque Populaire VIII. The Vendée Globe is a non-stop unassisted, race around the world.   48 hours after the race started on Sunday 6th November Alex expressed his frustrations with his decision to Gybe early on in the Read More

Saturday 12th November – Thomson takes the lead for Britain in the Vendee Globe

In the last 24 hours Alex Thomson has climbed through the fleet of IMOCA 60's to take pole position in the Vendee Globe. Alex is currently travelling at 17.8 knots and has overtaken skipper Armel Le Cleac'h onboard Banque Populaire who has been leading the race over the last few days. The speeds Alex has achieved in the last 48 hours has seen him overtake eight of the fleet putting him into the lead. Alex made the bold decision to pass through a passage Read More

Friday 11th November – Thomson in third

Having started the day in 7th place, Alex Thomson has begun to significantly close the gap between himself and the leaders Armel le Cleac’h and Vincent Riou, moving into third place as of the 14:00 UTC update. Thomson has managed to claw back the miles currently travelling at 20.9 knots, the fastest in the fleet. The gap between himself and Armel le Cleac’h now stands at 47.1 nautical miles. With the winds set to increase once more tonight, we hope to see HUGO Read More

High Spirits onboard HUGO BOSS

Thursday 10th November – Alex Thomson explained to the technical team this morning that all is well onboard. HUGO BOSS is in good shape and Alex is potentially only a few hours behind Armel Le Cleac’h, racing on Banque Populaire who is currently leading the pack as the fleet heads south. Overnight Alex has managed to claw back some miles as the race course takes the IMOCA 60’s down the West coast of Africa. HUGO BOSS is now positioned as one of the most Read More

Alex Thomson Back on Top

British Skipper Alex Thomson back in the lead as we move into day three of The Vendée Globe race. At 1100hrs today, British skipper, Alex Thomson, moved back into first place position at The Vendée Globe Race. After a second night at sea alone, Thomson – who is racing on board his brand new boat HUGO BOSS - moved back into pole position after making the decision to take a different strategy from the rest of the fleet, resulting in him pulling away from the Read More

Overnight Thomson takes a podium position

Monday 7th November – British sailor Alex Thomson has overnight taken first position. Thomson crossed the start line of the Vendee Globe yesterday at 13.02. It was an emotional event as Thomson departed Les Sable d’Olonne passing down the crowd filled banks before starting his solo round the world race. Overnight the fleet has divided as Thomson takes a podium position as he crosses the bay of Biscay.. During the night he has reached speeds in excess of 20 Read More