British Skipper and Motivational Speaker Alex Thomson is a major talent in international yacht racing and the fastest Briton to sail non stop, single handed around the globe.
After a grueling 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea he finished second in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe and in doing so Alex ‘the maverick’ broke his own British record of 80 days for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in a monohull.
His achievements are all the more extraordinary for the fact that he suffered potentially race-ending damage to his boat on day 13 at sea. A collision with an unidentified object in the water caused his starboard foil to break, but even with this set back Alex fought until the finish, securing second place.
Alex had to concede that victory in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe was unlikely when the wind instruments on his 60ft race boat Hugo Boss had prevented the yacht’s autopilot working properly and him from sleeping for days.
The story of his extraordinary career and this race that ‘is like no other’, fraught with danger, speed, adversity and exhaustion – it will leave you on the edge of your conference seat.
- Overcoming Adversity
- Peak Performance
- Innovative technology
- Competitive Mindset