Thomson plans to rejoin Barcelona World Race

Transfer in the Cape Verdes seems likely

Sunday January 9th 2011, Author: Andi Robertson, Location: none selected

Alex Thomson, skipper of Hugo Boss, has received the medical green light he required to join his IMOCA Open 60 in the Barcelona World Race, after making a satisfactory recovery from the emergency appendectomy on 29 December, which prevented him from starting the race.

Thomson, who had his first child on Friday, looks set to start his Barcelona World Race in the Cape Verde islands, subject to his team’s logistical plan being approved. Hugo Boss is now more than 530 miles behind the leader.

Thomson had a full medical examination by offshore sailing medical specialist Dr Spike Briggs  in England on 8 January 2011, which was transferred Dr Francesc Bonet, the Barcelona World Race’s chief medical officer, and approved by the Race committee this morning.

It is confirmed that Thomson has fulfilled the medical criteria as specified by Rider Number 12 of the Barcelona World Race Notice of Race, which required he present approved medical certification that he is medically fit to go racing.

The change of crew, replacing substitute co-skipper Wouter Verbraak (NED), will be overseen by Technical Measurer and Scrutineer, David Moreno (ESP), who will attend the changeover and ensure that the swap fully complies with Rider N°12 of the NOR.

Logistical planning is under way to have Thomson join his IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss in the Cape Verde Islands.

The plan is required to be confirmed and approved by Race Direction of the Barcelona World Race and will be presented this Sunday evening.

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