Gosport sailor Alex Thompson given gift before Vendee Globe

GENEROUS children gave sailor Alex Thomson a soft toy before he embarked on his round-the-world Vendee Globe adventure.

Monday, 23rd January 2017, 6:00 am

Pupils at Meoncross School, in Fareham, were given a talk by Alex before he set off on things such as how he slept during the race.

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Alex, from Gosport, also explained that to stop himself from feeling the shakes from the boat, he wears a rugby helmet in bed, which the children found funny.

To ensure he did not get lonely during his three-month sail race, in which he finished second, children gave him a soft toy sea turtle called Speedy to keep him company.

Alex’s son Oscar attends the school and students watched Alex on the screen during 
his regular video blog 
updates.