INTREPID sailor Alex Thomson has undertaken a stunt James Bond would be proud of: kite-surfing at the equivalent height of a 25-storey building while attached to his race yacht – dressed in a suit and tie.
In a series of smooth moves more akin to a Skywalk than Skyfall, Mr Thomson (41), who has strong family connections to Jersey, kite-surfed to 280 feet in the air and over the top of his Hugo Boss race yacht off the coast of Alvor in Portugal.
He began by chasing his yacht, which was travelling at about 16 mph, upwind on his kite-board and then attached himself with a rope to the top of the boat’s mast, before the skipper utilised the speed of the race yacht to propel himself 280 feet in the air, sending him above his yacht for more than a minute, and when he reached the peak of his flight, he detached himself from the boat and expertly controlled his descent back down, landing the kite-board safely on the water.
Mr Thomson, who became the youngest yachtsman ever to win a round-the-world race when he triumphed in the Clipper Round the World Race in 1998-9 aged 25, clearly has the word ‘daredevil’ etched into his CV as in 2014 he shimmied up the 100-foot sail of his racing yacht and then dived into the sea from the moving vessel.
See more pictures from the stunt in Tuesday's JEP.
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