Last week Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) led the fleet across the equator. As one of the class' top sailors who's been on the Vendée Podium twice, it seemed possible that Thomson was going to grab an early lead and hold on to it all the way around the world. But early on Saturday, he was passed by Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) and his team was reporting structural damage onboard. The boat, the latest in Thomson's longstanding partnership with Hugo Boss, was custom built for the 2020-21 Vendée.
Thomson and his team spent the weekend in close communication as he assessed the damage and planned the necessary repairs. As of Tuesday morning, he was almost ready to get underway again, having dropped back to eighth place.
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