Cape Horn test for Thomson

ALEX THOMSON remains in fourth place the Vendee Globe solo yacht race as he battles his way towards the treacherous waters of Cape Horn.

Alex Thomson, skipper of fourth-placed Hugo Boss, is fast approaching Cape Horn Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Alex Thomson, skipper of fourth-placed Hugo Boss, is fast approaching Cape Horn Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

ALEX THOMSON remains in fourth place the Vendee Globe solo yacht race as he battles his way towards the treacherous waters of Cape Horn.

The skipper of Hugo Boss has strong family connections with Jersey and many Islanders are following his progress with interest as the 38-year old bids to become the first Briton to win the biggest prize in endurance yacht racing.

Now poised to steer his 18.2 metre craft into the South Atlantic for the final leg northwards to France, Thomson has been sailing for 53 days now, with over 8,700 nautical miles still to complete before completing his circumnavigation.

He currently lies in fourth place, some 870 miles behind the leader, Francois Gabart of France, but he is well clear of fifth spot.