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
- Britain’s Alex Thompson had led but slipped from first to third on Sunday
Alex Thompson’s hopes of becoming the first non-Frenchman to win the Vendee Globe suffered a major dent on Sunday after he sustained structural damage to his £6million yacht.
The British sailor had led by more than 100 miles at one stage in the opening fortnight of the 28,000-mile solo race around the world.
However, the 46-year-old, who finished third and second in the past two editions, slipped from first to second and then third in the early hours of Sunday morning as it emerged he had discovered damage to a longitudinal beam at the bow of his Hugo Boss boat.
Alex Thomson was trying to become the first ever non-Frenchman to win the Vendee Globe
Thomson has reduced his speed to a crawl and fallen more than 200 miles behind the leader as he attempts an open-ocean repair 800 miles off the coast of Brazil.
Ross Daniel, Thomson’s technical director, said: ‘The damage appears to be isolated to that area alone.
‘It is yet unclear what caused this. Our objective is to carry out the necessary repair swiftly and effectively, in order to minimise the miles lost and resume racing again.’
However, his £6million Hugo Boss yacht suffered damage at the bow to dent his ambitions