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Alex Thomson is a British skipper, who has just embarked upon one of the most demanding and dangerous sporting challenges in the world, the Vendee Globe. The ultimate off-shore race, the Vendee Globe is a solo, unassisted, non-stop, round-the-world race, spanning more than 23,000 miles, and requires competitors to sail single-handedly for more than three months.

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The solo sailing blog: Supporting fellow competitors, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Supporting fellow competitors

On Saturday morning I decided to change my course to stay with Jean-Pierre Dick, just until I knew that he was happy with the boat and made his decision about what to – whether to stop or to continue in the race with a broken keel.

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 5:02 pm

The solo sailing blog: Keel failures, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Keel failures

I am shocked and gutted at the news that JP Dick has lost his keel. JP has sailed an awesome race and does not deserve this to happen to him. He has worked so hard and maintained his third position despite having to climb the mast countless times. I am thankful that it has happened here and not in the south although JP will have to go through some significant weather to get to the Azores, potentially up to 40 knots on the 26 January.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 6:57 pm

The solo sailing blog: Just before the final stretch to the finish, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Just before the final stretch to the finish

I had my easiest doldrum crossing ever Saturday with only two big black clouds and a slight slow down

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 5:37 pm

The solo sailing blog: An encouraging morning, Uncategorized

The solo sailing blog: An encouraging morning

Yesterday was supremely frustrating, an encouraging morning followed by big squalls in the afternoon which were more full of calm areas than much wind.

By | | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 5:15 pm

The solo sailing blog: ‘I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race’, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: ‘I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race’

I feel like I had proper trade winds for the first time Monday morning which seemed to be a little more consistent than Sunday, and I slowly moved more to the east which allowed me to go a little faster.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 12:32 pm

The solo sailing blog: Up and running again properly, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Up and running again properly

The big news is my hydro generator bracket is finally finished and the hydro is currently filling my batteries fully for the first time in a month!

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 3:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: I’m a very happy man, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: I’m a very happy man

I’m still happy with the progress I’m making, my route east of the Falklands has allowed me to benefit from the protection they have given me while I focus on the on-going hydro repairs; I spent a lot of time on these over the weekend. Hopefully the end is almos

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at 6:03 pm

The solo sailing blog: Rounding Cape Horn, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Rounding Cape Horn

At 02.38GMT this morning I achieved a new milestone as I rounded Cape Horn, it is a huge achievement for me and the team behind me.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 2:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn

Morning! I spent most of last night sailing in a southeasterly direction waiting for the wind to shift to the northwest so I could gybe.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 3 January 2013 at 8:30 pm

The solo sailing blog: Turning a corner, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Turning a corner

Good morning from the Southern Ocean! It’s been a fast night on board HUGO BOSS which is reflected in the miles that I’ve gained to the three in front.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 2 January 2013 at 5:53 pm

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