Last frontier of adventure.
Throughout history humans have been driven to explore, to go beyond the known to discover the unknown. But what is there left to explore? We have gone to the bottom of the sea, to the highest mountains, the deepest caves, vast deserts and most impenetrable jungles, even outer space. Only a few people, however, have taken on the adventure of single-handedly circumnavigating the world in a sailing boat.
Photo: Yves Sucksdorff
Meet British skipper Alex Thomson – if you haven’t already come across him on YouTube where his videos have garnered millions of views for his breath-taking and risky PR stunts (just search for “skywalk”). The extreme sailer has become known for pushing the limits and is currently preparing for the much anticipated Vendée Globe in November – his third. In January 2013, Alex finished the Vendée Globe in third place, being the fastest Brit to sail single-handedly, non-stop around the globe, finishing the race in 80 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes. This time, he intends to be the first British sailer to win the race.