Vendee Globe. Thomson Smashes Record

From : March 2017

British sailor Alex Thomson smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours, notching up 536.8 miles on his 60’ racing yacht Hugo Boss. That’s an average speed of 22.4 knots.

At that time he was in second place in the Vendee Globe just 70 miles behind French race leader Armel Le Cleac’h with 1,000 miles to go to the finish line.

His 24-hour distance beats the record of 534.48 miles set by French sailor Francois Gabart in the 2012-13 edition of the Vendee Globe, a singlehanded race around the world without stopping.