British Sailor Alex Thomson steps down from racing and turns focus to the next generation

British Sailor Alex Thomson steps down from racing and turns focus to the next generation

British sailor Alex Thomson has announced he won’t compete as a skipper in the 2024 Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop race around-the-world, but doesn’t rule out returning to the race in 2028. Thomson has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years including five successive Vendée Globe’s with two podium finishes and numerous world records. “I have had the privilege to compete and race IMOCA 60s for…

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Cowes Week Final Report

Cowes Week 2021 delivered a mix of interesting and exciting racing, with up to 40 races per day across 30 classes. Giles Peckham’s Daring Dauntless won the regatta overall for a record fourth time, having notched up five race wins and one second place. “It’s been a very classic Cowes Week, with light and strong…

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 3

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 3

A change in the weather, with shifty east and south-easterly breezes replacing the westerlies of the first two days, saw new boats coming to the fore in many fleets today. Winds were strongly influenced by a small slow-moving secondary low pressure system sat over Sandown Bay. In the eastern Solent there was more breeze than…

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 2

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 2

Competitors had an easier second day at Cowes Week, with shorter courses and predominately wind with tide conditions giving a dry ride. Tidal conditions for those starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line provided an interesting tactical challenge, balancing the last of the ebb tide and early flood stream. The day started with a westerly…

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 1

Cowes Week Daily Round Up Day 1

An action packed opening day of Cowes Week delivered lots of extremes in a shifty westerly wind. This averaged 10-15 knots, punctuated by occasional showers bringing gusts well over 20 knots that tested competitors’ skills across a wide range of conditions. Twenty one of the 30 classes, including the largest IRC rated yachts, started from…

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