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KYC Member Bill Murray Meets Alex Thomson

2nd place finisher in the Vendee Globe Singlehanded Non-stop Race

Keyport Yacht Club member Bill Murray shared the photo below from his meeting with Alex Thomson, second place finisher in the Vendee Globe Singlehanded Non-stop Race. Bill was there to represent KYC and did an excellent Job! Thank you, Bill.

Bill reported:

 “Alex Thomson Vendee Globe sailor.  I attended the event at Hugo Boss. 

I was very interesting to meet someone who sails solo nonstop around the world”


The very first 'Vendee Globe' race around the world in 1968-69 was won by Robin Knox-Johnson and took 147 days versus Alex Thomson’s 74 days.


After 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea, British sailor Alex Thomson reached the finish line of the Vendée Globe on his boat HUGO BOSS at 7:37 UTC Friday 20th January 2017, and in doing so broke his own British record of 80 days for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in a monohull.


As well as becoming the fastest Brit to ever sail solo around the world, Thomson has matched Dame Ellen MacArthur’s second place finish which she achieved back in the 2001 edition of the race. Thomson’s achievements are all the more extraordinary for the fact that he suffered potentially race-ending damage to his boat on day 13 at sea. A collision with an unidentified object in the water caused his starboard foil to break, but even with this set back Alex has fought until the finish securing second place.


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