Alex Thomson has taken HUGO BOSS across the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe finish line in second place at Les Sables d'Olonne, France, this morning, less than 16 hours behind race winner Armel Le Cléac'h in Banque Populaire VIII who finished the race in a record 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds following its start in Les Sables on 6 November 2016. The extraordinarily narrow final margin between the Alex Thomson Racing team’s entry to first place is even more astonishing when taking into account the damage to the starboard foil on HUGO BOSS after just two weeks, which rendered it unusable for the remainder of the race. Until the time of this incident, Alex Thomson had first position in his grasp for much of the race. Despite the handicap, Alex held on to second place for the remainder of the race, giving Armel Le Cléac'h a real run for his money and ensuring an extremely fast and incredibly exciting race for yachting fans throughout the world to enjoy.
The Ocean Masters Vendée Globe is regarded as the world’s toughest sailing challenge – solo, non-stop, around the world without assistance. Gleistein Ropes has been the Official Rope Supplier to the Alex Thomson Racing Team on board of HUGO BOSS since 2014 and throughout this edition of the Vendée Globe. A full wrap-up of the race and the performance of the lines on board will follow shortly. But at this point we would like to first congratulate Alex Thomson and the entire Racing Team on this herculean effort in the face of adversity.