Alex Thomson: Sailor halves gap in Vendée Globe fightback

The Vendée Globe is still the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. The event was created in the spirit of the Golden Globe which was in 1968 the first non-stop round the world race via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn). Out of the nine pioneers who set sail in 1968, only one made it back to Falmouth on 6th April 1969 after 313 days at sea, the British sailor, Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston thus became the first sailor to sail alone around the world without stopping.

Despite suffering damage to his boat, Welsh sailor Alex Thomson has halved the gap between himself and the race leader Armel le Cleac’h ahead of Thursday’s expected finish. Members may wish to track his progress here. There is also some amazing footage on the BBC website.