Alex Thomson (sailor)
Alex Thomson was helped early in his sailing career by Sir Keith Mills, the British businessman who ran London's victorious bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and set up with British America’s Cup campaign TEAMORIGIN. With Mills backing, Thomson broke into the professional solo sailing circuit at a young age.
He is the youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world yacht race (1998-1999 Clipper Race). He is an around the world solo sailor, and holds the 24-hour world speed sailing record for solo mono-hulls (468 nautical miles at an average speed of 19.5 knots).
- 2003: Monohull singlehanded 24 hour distance record: 468.72 nautical miles
- 2007: Monohull (up to 60 feet) 24 hour distance record with Andrew Cape: 501.3 nautical miles
- 2012: Monohull (up to 60 feet) singlehanded transatlantic sailing record: 8 days 21 hours 8 minutes and 31 seconds
- Alex Thomson retires, BBC News. Dated 7 December 2004.
- "24 Hour Distance". World Sailing Speed Record Council. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
- "WSSR Newsletter No 152. Hugo Boss 24 hours". World Sailing Speed Record Council. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
- "WSSR Newsletter No 210. Alex Thomson Transatlantic". World Sailing Speed Record Council. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
- Official website
- Lucy Harwood. "Alex Thomson gives young sailors a helping hand". Yachts and Yachting.
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