Place of Birth: Gosport, Hamshire, UK
Professional Skipper and founder
of Alex Thomson Racing Ltd.
Alex Thomson's offshore career started in 1999. As Co-Skipper on Josh Hall's "Open 60 Gartmore", Thomson participated at the Jacques Vabre Race. With more than 300.000 nautical miles and 7 Fastnet Race participations he was awarded with the title of the youngest successful skipper in 2003. Currently he holds three records: 500 nautical miles speed distance, Round the Island Race and from New York to Lizard Point (Cornwall/UK).
Alex and his wife Kate have a one-year-old son, Oscar. Alex often sails with his brother David, who is also a professional yachtsman.
Alex is an adventurer, a maverick, who thrives on the challenges of his sport. He loves the outdoors – kitesurfing, hydrofoiling, running and mountain biking.
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Alex and his wife Kate on a HUGO BOSS party.
Alex precisely calculates his route.
Events & Success
At 25, Alex became the youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world race – Clipper 98-99.
Alex set 24 hour speed distance world record by sailing 468 nautical miles at an average speed of 19.5kts.
Alex forced to retire from the Vendée Globe, 5th edition, due to structural damage.
Alex forced to retire from the Velux 5 Oceans Race due to structural damage. He was rescued at sea by fellow British competitor Mike Golding.
Alex broke his own 24 hour distance record by sailing 501 nautical miles at an average speed of 20.9kts.
2nd place finish in the Barcelona World Race (double-handed with Andrew Cape).
Alex forced to retire from the Vendée Globe, 6th edition, after his boat was struck by a fishing vessel.
2nd place finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed with Guillermo Altadill).
4th place finish in the Transat B to B (single-handed).
5th across the line (5 crew) in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
New single-handed monohull transatlantic world record by sailing from New York to Lizard Point (Cornwall/UK) in just 8 days 22 hours and 8 minutes.