The skipper: Alex Thomson
Alex Thomson is one of the world's most talented offshore sailors. The youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world race at the age of 25, Thomson also holds the British solo, unassisted round-the-world monohull record, which he set in 2017 when he finished second in the Vendée Globe race in 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes. Thomson’s ultimate goal is victory in the solo, non-stop unassisted Vendée Globe, ‘the Everest of sailing’. His relentless ambition secured him a third place finish in the race in 2013 and second place in 2017. In 2020, he unfortunately had to pull out of the race due to damage to the starboard rudder of his boat.