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British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record © Alex Thomson Racing
British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record © Alex Thomson Racing

Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record

British skipper Alex Thomson and his crew have officially broken the 24 hour distance record for a 60ft Monohull.

Sailing onboard the HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 race boat, the crew were successfully able to sail 539.71 nautical miles over the course of 24 hours, breaking the existing record – set by Thomson himself in 2017 – by 2.9 nm.

The record was broken on 19-20 July, during a transatlantic delivery from New York to the United Kingdom.

British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record - photo © Alex Thomson Racing

British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record – photo © Alex Thomson Racing

Thomson and four crew members sailed at an average speed of 22.49 knots during the 24 hour period.

British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record © Alex Thomson Racing

British Skipper Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record © Alex Thomson Racing

The new record was ratified this week by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

by Sarah Taylor

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