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|Alex Thomson sets record in Vendée Globe|
By finishing his single-handed, non-stop round-the-world race without assistance this morning in 80 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes and 43 seconds, Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS) has become the fastest British sailor on that route. His achievement actually betters that of Ellen MacArthur in 2001 (2nd in 94d04h25’40’’) and Mike Golding in 2005 (3rd in 88d15h15’).
It was a very emotional moment for the British skipper, who was greeted by his wife Kete and his son Oscar, 2, on the port Olona pontoons. After finishing third, Alex Thomson adressed the crowd from the race podium.
"I’ve sailed out of the channel three times but only once back in. And let me tell you, the way back is absolutely great. A lot of this race is about preparation. It took me three months to complete this race but it took my team three years to make it possible so I want to thank them all very much. Leaving a little boy behind is very difficult, my son Oscar has grown every day while I was away and his speech has improved. My wife has kept me in touch with Oscar throughout the race. I feel a little guilty because I had fun at sea while she stayed home."
"I remember Denis Horeau asking me if a race time of 77 days was realistic. I told him it was ridiculous, but he was right. Our IMOCA 60 boats are fantastic. I would have loved to do it three days faster, but hopefully next time I will. My wife will not want to hear about the 2016 edition of the Vendée Globe, at least not right now. It was my third Vendée Globe, this race has been part of my life for 10 years now, it’s in my blood. Right now, I can’t imagine not doing the 2016 Vendée Globe."
"The most important thing for me in this Vendée Globe was to finish the race. Standing on the podium is amazing, though and really, the race time is irrelevant. People have said it was noble to stay close to JP when he had problems, but to me, it was just the normal thing to do, it shows the respect we all have for each other. I’ve been rescued by Mike Golding, I know what it feels like."