Alex Thomson is one of the most exciting and talented yachtsmen of his generation. He is the youngest sailor to ever win a round the world race, he has already broken three world records in sailing, and he most recently cemented his reputation with a podium 3 place finish in the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe.
Alex was born 18 April 1974 to Peter and Jan Thomson in Bangor, North Wales. He has a twin sister Sarah, and younger brother David.
As a result of his father’s job – an Air Sea Rescue Helicopter pilot, the family moved many times in Alex’s early years; Northolt (Middx), Oman for 4 years, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Crosshaven (Ireland), Anglesey, Shetland Islands before arriving in Gosport at aged 15.
Showing an early talent on the water, Alex could water ski at the age of 5 and was a confident windsurfer by 11. He was sailing dinghies from the age of 15 before venturing onto yachts.
Alex’s took his first step in offshore sailing when his life turned upside down after his mother sadly passed away in March 1991. He was offered the chance to deliver ‘Noonmark’ (Swan 57) from Portsmouth to Palma. Afterwards, the skipper suggested Alex purchase a log book, so he could record his sea miles, to which Alex thought ‘Why? I won’t be doing this again’!
Fast forward and in 1999 Alex became the youngest skipper to win a round-the-world race when he won the Clipper Round the World Race. He forged a long lasting bond with crew member and sported. founder Sir Keith Mills, who later became co-founder of Alex Thomson Racing.
When he was just 25 years old, Alex Thomson won the Clipper Round the World Race, becoming the youngest round the world race winner, a record he still holds.