Alex Thomson smashes North Atlantic solo record
The Hugo Boss skipper has knocked over 24 hours off the standing record. In doing so he has smashed the record held by Bernard Stamm for over ten years.
It took the Briton 8 days, 22 hours and 8 minutes to sail from Ambrose Light at New York to Lizard Point, England between the 17th and 25th of July. Alex made the record attempt to mark the inauguration of the London 2012 Olympic Games as he pushes through a comprehensive training schedule in preparation for the next edition of the Vendée Globe which kicks off in November.
The record, which has yet to be officially ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, was taken on Hugo Boss, the IMOCA Open 60 that the British skipper plans to take on the solo round the world challenge in November. The skipper managed to improve on the record held by Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm for a solo crossing on a monohull of no more than 60 feet. Alex made it to Falmouth in time to attend the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in London.
“The first half from New York went very well”, said Alex. “The weather conditions were in our favour, but the breeze began to drop as I got closer to England. However, the wind held up during the morning and breaking this record was fantastic”. For Alex the passage also meant some fantastic training for the upcoming Vendée Globe: “It was great training for me as I sailed with some real pressure and that is invaluable”.
The record backs up Alex's 'pedal to the floor' nickname in ocean racing circles due to his spectacular sprints. During the 2007/08 Barcelona World Race he broke his own 24 hour run in a 60 foot monohull record hitting 501.3 miles with co-skipper Andrew Cape. That record was then beaten in the 2010/11 Barcelona World Race by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron who notched up 506.33 miles in 24 hours, which is the current standing record.