Alex Thomson took part in the regatta singles Route de Rhum

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Photo: Hugo Boss

British sailor Alex Thomson on the yacht alone class IMOCA Hugo Boss for the first time will take part in the transatlantic “rum” race Route de Rhum.

In the class IMOCA competes two dozen rivals, all in all, the race will be attended by 123 yachts from six different classes. The regatta started on 4 November in the French port of Saint-Malo in Brittany, the finish of the race in Guadeloupe.

Despite the fact that Thomson is the first Route de Rhum race, he is considered to be one of her favorites and is currently the leader in its class. The yacht Hugo Boss he took part in the round the world race Vendée Globe in 2016-2017, where he came second despite serious damage.

Photo: Hugo Boss 1/5

“Saint-Malo — one of my favorite French cities. And it’s incredible how many people came here to see the start of the regatta, said Alex Thomson before the competition. For me this race is the best opportunity to test himself and show what can our yacht.”

“Rum” race will be the last for the current modifications of the yacht: in the summer of 2019 team, Alex Thomson Racing will present the latest modification of the IMOCA 60 on which the athlete will participate in another round the world race Vendée Globe in 2020-2021 years.

Alex Thomson, British yachtsman, born in Wales. In 1999, winning the race Clipper Race, became the youngest skipper in the world, winning round the world race. In 2016 has set several world records in the Vendee Globe round the world non-stop race on a single sailing yachts (distance — 26 thousand nautical miles).

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