By Russell Hope. information reporter

A British sailor, who overslept and crashed into land, most likely costing him victory in a marathon solo race, mentioned he’ll “preserve a courageous face, preserve smiling, come again and do all of it once more”.

Alex Thomson was 15 hours forward of the sector as he approached the end line within the Route de Rhum, a 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race.

Alex Thomson



Sleepy sailor feels ‘annoyed however fortunate’

With the tip in sight, he determined to take an influence nap, missed his alarms and overslept and crashed into the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe.

Alex Thomson was leading the Route du Rhum solo sailing race when he crashed


Alex Thomson was main the Route du Rhum solo crusing race when he crashed

Mr Thomson, 44, woke at round 1.45am on Friday to seek out he had run aground on rocky cliffs on the northernmost tip of Grande Terre island and used his boat’s motor to tug clear.

The captain saved his IMOCA class monohull, named Hugo Boss, from being wrecked, and crossed the finish-line first, however was handed a 24-hour penalty by the race jury for utilizing the engine.

Alex Thomson holds up a piece of rock he picked up after his collision


Alex Thomson holds up a bit of rock he picked up after his collision

The sanction means Thomson nearly actually is not going to win the race and will even drop out of high three.

The Gosport-born sailor, who appeared remarkably composed regardless of his misfortune, instructed reporters in Guadeloupe the punishment was honest, as a result of “I do not assume I ought to win the race after hitting Guadeloupe”.

Alex Thomson's monohull was damaged after he overslept near to the finish line


Alex Thomson’s monohull was broken after he overslept close to to the end line

His comment was greeted with spontaneous applause from his viewers.

Mr Thomson had been sleeping in 20 to 40 minute bursts each two to 4 hours throughout the race, and had an alarm clock wired to a loud horn to wake him up.

In case he was nonetheless asleep 5 minutes later, a shockwave watch was designed to ship a gentle electrical shock.

Sadly, he slept proper by means of the horn on Thursday, and the watch didn’t work as a result of it was not totally charged.

The hull of Alex Thomson's monohull was damaged off Pointe-a-Pitre on Guadeloupe


The hull of Alex Thomson’s monohull was broken off Pointe-a-Pitre on Guadeloupe

Mr Thomson mentioned it was “very irritating, however it might have been worse. I’ve my boat and as you may see I am multi functional piece.

“I’ll preserve a courageous face, preserve smiling, come again and do all of it once more. In the end we’re right here to attempt to win the
Vendee Globe in 2020 and there is some nice stuff we have realized that we will take ahead.”

The seemingly winner is Paul Meilhat on SMA and Thomson mentioned: “I hope Paul will win…and I sit up for welcoming him tomorrow. He needs to be the winner”.

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