Recognition To Top British Sailors In 2017 Given

British sailor such as Alex Thomson and Montel Fagan-Jordan received the recognition as Britain’s top Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year for the year 2017 in a recently held event.

Alex Thomson was privileged in an event for his extraordinary performances in 2017 Vendée Globe solo round, the world renowned race. This 43-year-old Welshman from Hampshire, set the highest record of his times from the beginning of Les Sables d’Olonne, France to Equator (9 days, 7 hours and 2 mins) and the Cape of Good Hope (17 days, 22 hours and 58 minutes) but a 24 hour solo monohull record of 537 nautical miles – an average of 22.4 knots.

Thomson’s firmness shone throughout Day 13 of the race in overcoming a near-terminal delay when his Open 60 yacht Hugo Boss badly smacked some mysterious object, snapping off yacht’s starboard foil. This damage affected the progress over the rest of the 27,000 mile course. However, in spite of these hurdles, with his autopilot, Thomson managed to complete the race with second fastest time record, say, 74 days 19 hours 35 minutes 15 seconds – he was just 16 hours behind French champion Armel Le Cléac’h, and set the new British record for East/West solo circumnavigation.

He was voted highest by so many members from Yachting Journalists’ Association; Alex Thomson’s nomination thrashed two other performances last year, including the world #1, 49er pair Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, who won gold at the World Championships in Porto, Portugal. He also left behind Paul Goodison, who was the winner of the Moth World Championships successively in the second year. The performance from him is this class attained great recognition because the caliber he has shown is just exceptional.

The popular trophy was inaugurated in the year 1955 via Sir Max Aitken and past holders include various successful names in sports.