What a showdown from Alex Thomson and his Hugo Boss... Well, his new Les Sables d’Olonne-Equator record passage in 9 days, 7 hours and 3 minutes could be the first step of an unprecedented no-french victory in the french-born Vendee Globe. Alex Thomson, at the same time the most unlucky ocean sailor on the planet and the most popular thanks to his You Tube trending videos, deserves his lead after a strong first 10 days effort. The french Vendee Globe headquarters, close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, looks a little bit worried. Could a british skipper really win their solo epic round the world race?

Hugo Boss at the Vendee Globe start. Lloyd Images

Hugo Boss at the Vendee Globe start. Lloyd Images

At 9:00 CET today Hugo Boss and Alex Thomson are sailing a solid 18,8 knots in the ESE Alizees along Brazilian NE coast, with a 53,4 nm lead on Armel Le Cleac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII and 55,1 nm on Seb Josse’s Edmond the Rotschild.

The previous record to the Equator was set in 2004 by French Skipper Jean Le Cam in 10 days and 11 hours. Le Cam is edition currently in 9th position.

The Vendée Globe is a single handed non-stop unassisted race around the world. The race takes place every four years and has historically been dominated by the French. This year’s edition sees 29 IMOCA 60’s in the race. The race is renowned for being one of the most gruelling sporting challenges left in the world today. Just 71 of the 138 starters since the race’s inception, back in 1989, have successfully completed the race, and three have lost their lives along the way.

Alex Thomson is determined to be the first British Skipper to win the Vendée Globe. It is a race which could take up to 80 days.