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Alex Thomson to stay ashore

Wouter Verbraak to complete the whole of the Barcelona World Race on Hugo Boss

Wednesday January 12th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

This morning skipper Alex Thomson’s young son Oscar was further examined by medical consultants in the UK, where they determined that his condition has stabilized for the time being. Alex and his partner Kate have been advised however that close monitoring of him is necessary over the coming weeks. Alex’s son Oscar who was born on the 7 January has been diagnosed with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta.

Alex Thomson has therefore made the decision that he will not be joining his boat Hugo Boss in the Barcelona World Race as he hoped following his recovery from an emergency appendectomy on 29 December. Instead he will remain in the UK to be with his young family.

Hugo Boss will therefore continue in the Barcelona World Race with skipper Andy Meiklejohn and substitute skipper Wouter Verbraak. Wouter stepped on board the boat on New Year’s Eve as a temporary substitute for Alex until he received medical clearance, however he will now assume the full role of skipper of Hugo Boss for the duration of the race.

Stewart Hosford, Team Director said this morning: “As a team we are relieved that Oscar is being so well looked after and his condition is more stable. We fully understand and support Alex’s decision not to join Hugo Boss as planned. We have every confidence that Andy and Wouter will do us proud.”

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