Alex Thomson back on form


Following his Transat Jacques Vabre second, the British IMOCA 60 skipper tells us of his race
Could a second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre be the final change in the fortune Alex Thomson has been waiting for? In recent years Thomson has suffered numerous disasters, from losing the first Hugo Boss during the Velux 5 Oceans, to the collision prior to the 2008 Vendee Globe, to having to pull out of sailing the Barcelona World Race when he suffered a pre-race appendicitis followed by his wife Kate giving birth to their first son Oscar, born with a heart defect. “You do make your own luck to a degree,” Thomson told us before the start of the TJV. “Some of the things that have happened you can say were bad luck, but you could also say that we could have done things differently. But we have learned from it and we have got stronger. If you take a coin you will have a period when you get 10-15 heads, but at some point it will change. I enjoy what I do and I think we have got a good team and hopefully it will come good.” And so it did, when on Friday night Thomson and his well-known Spanish co-skipper and round the world veteran, Guillermo Altadill, came home second in the Transat Jacques Vabre, at one point even leading the fleet for a few hours as they passed north of the Azores. This was also the third time that Hugo Boss has finished second to Jean Pierre Dick in a doublehanded race. The decisive move in the race came when Hugo Boss chose to maintain their northerly position as did Jean-Pierre Dick and Jeremie Beyou on their Barcelona World Race winner, Virbac Paprec 3. Thomson said that on the last Transat Jacques Vabre he had chosen the northern route from the very outset. “There was only us and BT

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