Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Alex Thomson on the verge of breaking transatlantic record

by Alex Thomson Racing on 26 Jul 2012
Hugo Boss Gustav Morin
On Tuesday 17th July Alex set off from New York to attempt to break the West to East transatlantic single handed record which has stood at 10 days, 55 minutes and 19 seconds for 10 years.

This morning Alex has just 110Nm to go!!!

Alex’s report from the boat this morning:'ETA could be as early as 1700BST today. The light wind patch proved to be smaller than forecast and now the wind is more in the north, so I am currently tight reaching. Wind could easily go back to the Northeast but I can see the live data at the Scilly Isles which are only six hours away and I am hopeful the breeze will just increase. Lots of shipping and fishing boats around to keep me worried and awake.

'It would be really nice if I could finish before 1909 GMT and bring the record into the single digits, that’s what I am pushing for now.

'First sunrise this morning for many days, in fact first sun for many days and I am looking forward to the finish.'

Yesterday he wrote:

'Frustrating 24 hours on board HUGO BOSS, but the record is in sight!

'330Nm to go which means in the last 24 hours I have only gained 120Nm towards the mark. Very unhealthy compared to the 400+ miles in every single 24 hour period before then! Ironically the front that I stayed ahead of for the last week was going to cause very light winds in my path to the finish so I had to cross to the west s...ide of and tack upwind and get into a favourable position west of the finish. I will suffer very light winds later tonight west of the Scilly Isles but hopefully it wont be too painful.

The good news is that my estimated finish time according to the routing is 1830 GMT tomorrow, thats still 24.5 hours ahead of the routing and I am uber confident of breaking this record, its just by how much now. Normally I would expect the routing to be optimistic so if I had to bet money I would be guessing between 0000 and 0300 GMT on Friday morning

Very gusty conditions overnight with the boat requiring almost constant attention but winds seem more stable now. I could do with some good sleep today as approaching the coast always requires more vigilance with lots of shipping and fishing boats around.'

Update: As at his latest report @ 11:30 BST Higo Boss had 65 nautical miles to go to the Racing!
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Barz Optics - Kids rangeInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted today at 8:10 pm
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted today at 1:34 pm
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted today at 12:58 pm
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug