Palma, Mallorca 29th April 2005 Hugo Boss, sponsored British Yachtsman Alex Thomson today announced his plans to compete in the forthcoming 5-Oceans Race, a solo circumnavigation with stopovers, organised by his sailing mentor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of race management company Clipper Ventures.
“Robin has taken an historic oceanic yacht race and funked it up. I am really excited about taking on this challenge. The 5-Oceans, like any solo circumnavigation, is a massive undertaking and ultimately I am aiming to finish it. The format that Robin has developed means that it will be a thrilling and testing competition; it will attract the IMOCA Open 60 skippers who are at the top of their game and if I can win it then that is a bonus. But ultimately I want to use it as an opportunity to learn as much as I possibly can.” Said, yachtsman, Alex Thomson.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of race management company Clipper Ventures plc, said “I am delighted that Alex is on board for the 2006 5-Oceans Race. He is an extremely talented sailor who’s highly tenacious and prepared to push hard to win. Our association with Alex goes back to when he won our other event, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1998-99. I am delighted to see how his sailing career has developed and his success at working with his sponsors. It is like welcoming back a member of the family.”
Alex Thomson broke the 24hr solo, monohull World Speed Sailing Record in December 2003 in less than perfect racing conditions, covering 468nm at an average speed of 19.5 knots during the Défi Atlantique, in which he finished 3rd,in a closely fought race. With major new sponsorship in 2004, the Open 60 boat – now named HUGO BOSS – has undergone a complete refit before lining up for an extensive tour of Europe, taking in races like the Gotland Runt and Fastnet, as well as events like the Monaco Grand Prix and Cowes Week
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