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Solo British sailor Alex Thomson smashes Transatlantic sailing record on eve of 2012 Olympic games

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26-July-2012. Alex Thomson a British Solo Sailor has just beat the previous single-handed monohull record. He crushed the previous last record by more than 24 hours, when he crossed the finish line at Lizard Point off Falmouth in Cornwall. He was able his finish crossing in enough time to be ready for the London Olympic Opening ceremony.

 

The 38 year old sailor has set a new record time of 8 days 22 hours 8 minutes, when he crossed over the finish line at 17:17 GMT. The new record is currently subject to ratification by the World Sailing Record Council.

 

“It has been a long few days,” said Alex. “The first half from New York was great with weather conditions in our favor, 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.”

Alex originally set sail on July 17th at 19:09 GMT from New York to begin his 2800 mile journey across the Atlantic. He set out to beat the previous record known as ‘West to East Ambrose Lighthouse to Lizard Point Under 60ft Single-Handed Monohull Record, Male’ which was a record of 10 days, 55 minutes and 19 seconds that was set by Swiss sailor Bernhard Stamm 10 years ago.

One of his motivations during the transatlantic crossing was to finish in time for the 2012 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony in order to support his close friend, Sir Keith Mills.

“When I set off I had no idea if I was going to be able to do it. And it has been hard. Lack of sleep, broken instruments on the boat and constant exposure to the elements has really taken it out of me. But it’s such a good feeling to have beaten it by such a great margin,” said Alex.

Besides breaking the transatlantic crossing, Alex is getting ready to be the first Brit to compete in the one of the toughest challenges in the world. A single handed, round the world race known as the Vendee Globe. Alex will leave on board his 60ft monohull known as HUGO BOSS, from France to begin his challenge of taking on the world’s oceans.