Alex Thomson

Hugo Boss

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.

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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.

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 2012 July he sensationally broke the west to east Transatlantic record by over 24 hours where 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 realize his dream: to become the first British skipper to win this legendary race.

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Alex Thomson Racing

Prizes

2003
  • 24h distance record – 468 miles
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (R. Jourdain)
  • Atlantic Challenge – 3rd
2004
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
2006
  • Velux 5 Oceans – Retired
2007
  • 24h distance record – 501 miles
2008
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
  • Barcelona Wolrd Race – 2nd (A. Cape)
2011
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (G. Altadill)
  • Transat B to B – 4th
2012
  • Atlantic crossing record – 8d 22h 08′
2013
  • Rolex Fastnet Race – 3rd
  • Vendée Globe – 3rd
2014
  • Barcelona World Race – Retired
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
Alex Thomson

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IMOCA60 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.

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Technical Sheet

Designer : VPLP-Verdier
Boat Builder : Green Marine
Launch Date : 01 September 2015
Lenght : 18,28 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 7,5 t
Mast height : 29 m
Upwind sail area : 340 m2
Downwind sail area : 570 m2

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