British sailor Alex Thomson sees his world glory bid take a significant hit as boat damage hampers his attempt to become first non-Frenchman to win Vendee Globe
- The Vendee Globe is a single-handed non-stop round-the-world sailing race
- Competition was founded in 1989 and has been held every four years since 1992
- The race usually covers around 24,000 nautical miles or 44,000 kilometres
Alex Thomson’s hopes of becoming the first non-Frenchman to win the Vendee Globe took a major dent yesterday when he sustained structural damage to his £6million yacht.
The Briton had led by more than 100 miles in the 28,000-mile solo race around the world.
Alex Thomson was trying to become the first ever non-Frenchman to win the Vendee Globe
However, his £6million Hugo Boss yacht suffered damage at the bow to dent his ambitions
But he slipped from first to second and then third in the early hours of yesterday as it emerged he had discovered damage to a longitudinal beam at the bow of his Hugo Boss boat.
Thomson reduced his speed to a crawl and has fallen more than 200 miles behind the leader as he attempts an open-ocean repair 800 miles off the coast of Brazil.