Alex Thomson's Vendee triumph

Yachtsman Alex Thomson, the third Briton to ever record a podium finish in the round the world Vendee Globe race, has been speaking to Fred and Sangeeta about the achievement and the challenges he faced.

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Brand new yacht to join Vendee Globe celebrations

A brand new Clipper 70 ocean racing yacht will join the parade of sail to welcome Alex Thomson home to Gosport after his impressive third place in the Vendee Globe.

At 25 Thomson became the youngest skipper to win a round-the-world race when he led Ariel, one of the first generation 60 foot Clipper Race yachts, to victory in the 1998-99 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Now, one of the latest state-of-the-art third generation 70 foot Clipper Race yachts will be out on the water tomorrow, crewed by Clipper Race staff, many of whom have also raced around the world and have great admiration for Alex’s latest achievement.

Alex Thomson in the Meridian studio

Hampshire yachtsman Alex Thomson is back on dry land after 80 days 19 hours and 23 minutes at sea competing in the Vendee Globe - a race which stretched over 24,000 miles.

The sailor raced around the world single-handedly, took a detour to help a fellow competitor, struggling with his keel, and was still able to make it to third place.

It is only the third time in the race's history that a Brit has recorded a podium finish. Alex Thomson himself, joined Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra in the ITV News Meridian studio.

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