Alex Thomson: The Extreme Sailor.
The British yachtsman Alex Thomson sails the world’s oceans, always striving for victory. In 1999, he was the youngest skipper to win the amateur “Clipper Round the World Race” at the age of 25. Currently he holds four world records.
Thomson is one of an exclusive selection of less than 100 skippers that have sailed around the world solo, non stop, on a monohull, 2016 will be Thomson’s forth attempt at in the grueling Vendée Globe challenge, placing 3rd in the previous edition of the race in 2013. This non-stop, solo regatta is considered one of the toughest and most dangerous sporting challenges on the planet. The route takes the fleet of 60 ft monohulls through 5 oceans and around Antarctica and passing southernly four capes, as he races around the world.
Offshore ocean racing requires determination, mental and physical strength, high tech engineering, good technical and tactical decision making, and teamwork. As a contender for the next Vendée Globe, extreme situations have been part of Alex Thomson’s daily training for over 20 years.
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Alex’s daredevil personality has led to the creation of three viral stunts the Keelwalk, the Mast walk and the Skywalk. These successful viral campaigns have delighted millions, bringing sailing to a much wider audience. Alex Thomson is a compelling brand ambassador, and a role model for high performance sport.