Alex Thomson Prepares for Vital Summer Events

Images / Christophe Launay

Nautical photographer Christophe Launay continues to wow with his stunning images. As if his last set wasn’t incredible enough, he’s now working with Alex Thomson’s racing team to prepare Thomson for the series of summer events he’s got lined up. Below is a summary of the events from Alex Thomson Racing, and Launay’s images follow that.

After an intensive refit period Thomson also revealed his plans for two gruelling Transatlantic Record attempts as he starts the final countdown to the ultimate offshore race, the Vendée Globe. Confirming that the Farr designed yacht, purchased in 2011, will be used for the 24,000 mile race, following successful performances during the Transat Jacques Vabre and B2B race in 2011, Thomson showed the impressive new chrome-effect which has been applied during its recent refit.
Thomson revealed that over the coming six months he will be completing over 12,000 training miles on board HUGO BOSS including two single-handed transatlantic record attempts. “With just six months to go until the start of the Vendée Globe we are really in countdown mode and the focus for me is to spend as much time as possible on-board in training and under race-conditions,” said Thomson. “I’m really happy with the modifications we’ve made to the boat and after the success of the Transat Jacques Vabre and B2B races at the end of last year I’m really itching to get racing again.” Key events in the lead up to the Vendee Globe:

  • June – Cadiz to San Salvador (Transatlantic record attempt)
  • July – New York to UK (Transatlantic record attempt)
  • August – Cowes Week
  • November – Vendée Globe

Stewart Hosford, Managing Director of Alex Thomson Racing comments: “We have an exciting year ahead of us and we are looking strong. Our preparation has been great and we are exceptionally committed to the programme for the next 6 months. Alex has been at a fitness training camp and is in very good shape and is extremely focussed on the Vendée Globe in November.

A selection of Launay’s images from the Thomson photo shoot is shown below. The full, high-quality gallery can be found at Christophe Launay’s website.

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