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Thomson experiencing horrendous conditions in the home strait

Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss is experiencing horrendous, calamitous conditions in the home strait of the race. Having never completed the race before Thomson will be tense. He told the English Vendée Globe Live that he was in horrible conditions of 35 knots of winds and a very confused unpleasant sea. He anticipated that the wind would build later to 35 to 45 knots and then drop off to 25 to 30 knots. Thomson ETA on finish line is 7am Wednesday morning.

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It will be a tough 24 hours for Alex, his team, family, friends and fans as they cross everything in the hope that he makes safe passage to the finish line. His father and step mother flew back last night from New Zealand and made it into Les Sables d'Olonne in the nick time to greet him. Alex Thomson can expect a warm reception from his loved ones because his entourage is in town and they can't wait to get him safely ashore.

Some of his team have been with him on all of his three race attempts and to date he has never managed to complete this race. They say third time lucky and in 24 hours we will know if it will be third time lucky and third place for Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss. Tense times indeed.

Clare Macnaughton
29 January 2013 23:41 GMT


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