By Deepa Narwani
Hugo Boss-sponsored British solo sailor Alex Thompson has broken the single-handed monohull transatlantic record, crossing the finish line at Lizard Point, off Falmouth in Cornwall.
The 38-year-old sailor set a new record of eight days, 22 hours and eight minutes and was seen sporting the Boss Regatta Watch during the race.
Thompson said: “It has been a long few days. The first half from New York was great with weather conditions in our favour, but things started to slow down the closer I got. But the wind has held out this morning and it’s so fantastic to have broken this record.”
He will also be one of three British competitors to take part in Vendee Globe, the single-handed round-the-world race, leaving from France in November on board his 60ft monohull, Hugo Boss.
“This record attempt was also a training exercise for the Vendee Globe. We felt this record attempt would put me under real pressure and stimulate race conditions and I have felt a real value in it,” added Thomson.