Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world, has congratulated Alex Thomson on his podium finish in the prestigious Vendee Globe, the only single-handed non-stop round-the-world race.
At the age of 25 Alex Thomson became the youngest skipper to win a round-the-world race when he led Ariel to victory in the 1998-99 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which was founded by Sir Robin to enable people from all walks of life to experience the challenge of ocean racing.
Alex Thomson, from Gosport, completed the Vendee Globe today in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, 80 days after leaving on his record-breaking circumnavigation, finishing in third place behind Frenchmen Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cleac’h.
Hampshire yachtsman Alex Thomson has finished third in the world's toughest sailing challenge - the Vendee Globe solo non-stop, around-the-world race.
38 year old Thomson, from Gosport, crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne in France in his 60-ft boat Hugo Boss.
He reached the Vendée Globe finish line at 07 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds (GMT) after 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds at sea. He finishes 2 days 18 hours and 7 minutes behind François Gabart.
In doing so he has also become the fastest Briton ever to sail around the world in a monohull boat - smashing the previous record by nearly eight days.
He's now only the third Briton to claim a top three finish in the Vendee after Ellen MacArthur was second in 2001 and Mike Golding - who is in sixth in this race - who finished third in 2004.
Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson has taken 3rd place in the Vendee Globe. More follows...
The Gosport-based sailor Alex Thomson has managed to continue in the Vendée Globe race after his boat hit an unknown object while travelling at a high speed on Sunday night. There was rudder damage and his power sources were affected. He has spent the last 36 hours carrying out emergency repairs.
The 38-year-old is currently in fifth position and still travelling at around 20 knots. The damage to one of his hydro generators - leaving just one operational - means he has to cut down on his use of electronics on board to save power. Hydro generators are the primary power supply on board.
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