25 Oct2016

Alex Thomson - round the world from Haslar

Single handed round the world in a foiling carbon fibre flying machine

Dean & Reddyhoff and Alex Thomson

Dean & Reddyhoff have had a long history of supporting Alex Thomson at Haslar Marina.  Richard Reddyhoff and Haslar Marina manager Ben Lippiett can still clearly remember when he came into the Haslar Marina office, fresh from winning the Clipper Round the World Race (as the youngest skipper to ever do so), with a dream to start single handed racing. 

This is where our relationship began in 1999, when Alex, Ben and Richard sat down to discuss the possibility of support and sponsorship to help get such a project off the ground.  As John Dean and Richard Reddyhoff have sailed the Atlantic double-handed together, they understood Alex’s drive and ambition, but most of all really warmed to his effervescent personality, and so the close partnership began.

Alex Thomson's IMOCA 60 yacht Hugo Boss takes on Atlantic waves

Hugo Boss

Solo ocean sailor and Haslar Marina tenant, Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson

Everybody is well aware what has happened since, with a fairy tale story mixed with grit and hard work unfolding on the international stage.  His many accolades include winning a Round Britain Race, setting two 24-hour speed records (482 and 545 miles respectively) and coming third in the Vendee Globe solo race, as well as his high publicity stunts keel walking, mast walking and kite surfing from his IMOCA 60 yacht Hugo Boss.

Vendee Globe race

This November Alex and Hugo Boss set off from France in the latest edition of the Vendee Globe race. Alex is the sole British racer in the 29-strong field which will attempt to sail around the world solo and non-stop around the three great capes; the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. The course record is 78 days, and only 71 sailors have crossed the finish line since the first race in 1989. Alex posted a third in the 2012-13 Vendee, finishing in 80 days, and in 2001-01 Dame Ellen MacArthur came second (in 94 days), but no Brit has ever won the title.

You can follow Alex and the other sailors here on the Vendee Globe website www.vendeeglobe.org/en and on Alex Thomson Racing's website www.alexthomsonracing.com

Everyone at Dean & Reddyhoff, and particularly Haslar Marina, wish Alex all the very best for his forthcoming Vendee Globe challenge!  Come on Alex!!

single-handed ocean racer Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss race yacht

Hugo Boss with Haslar Marina on her transom

Hugo Boss the yacht

The latest Hugo Boss yacht, and Alex's steed in the Vendee Globe race, is an IMOCA 60 carbon-fibre racing machine designed by VPLP/Verdier and the AT Racing team. This state-of-the-art yacht was built at Green Marine in Southampton entirely from carbon, like Forumla One cars. A no-compromise new design and build, Hugo Boss represents the best opportunity for a Britsih sailor to win the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race. 

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