La Route Du Rhum –
On Sunday November 4, 2018, Alex Thomson will take to the start line in Saint Malo, France, as he prepares to compete in La Route du Rhum: Destination Guadeloupe for the very first time.
The 3,452 nautical mile race occurs just every four years and is one of the most high profile single-handed races in the offshore sailing calendar. Beginning in Saint Malo in Brittany, the race takes skippers across the Atlantic to the finishing line at Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
One of more than 120 skippers – across six categories – set to compete in this year’s race, Thomson will sail onboard HUGO BOSS, the IMOCA 60 boat which he raced to a second place finish in the 2016-217 round-the-world Vendée Globe.
Dating back to 1978, this will mark the 40th anniversary year of the iconic Route du Rhum.
Throughout his decorated career to date, British skipper Alex Thomson has broken multiple records, achieved countless accolades and continued to cement his reputation as one of the world’s most talented offshore sailors.
The youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world yacht race, Thomson also holds the British solo, unassisted round-the-world monohull record, which he set in 2017 when he finished the gruelling Vendée Globe race – ‘the Everest of sailing’ – in just 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes..
HUGO BOSS have sponsored Alex since 2003, boasting a 14 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.
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