MP sends support to Gosport sailor Alex after he leaves race

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MP Caroline Dinenage has sent her support to Gosport yachtsman Alex Thomson.

The talented sailor, who has completed the Clipper Around the World Race, was forced to retire from the Barcelona World Race on Wednesday night.

Alex Thomson. Picture: Mark Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson. Picture: Mark Lloyd Images

On December 31, Alex and co-skipper, Pepe Ribes began the Barcelona World Race in their yacht, Hugo Boss.

But on Wednesday a rigging failure led to the yacht being dis-masted and forced the pair out of the race while in lead position.

Speaking in parliament, Ms Dinenage, said: ‘Will the Minister join me in sending both our support and our condolences to Alex, the yachtsman who was dramatically dis-masted while leading the Barcelona World Race.

‘Fortunately none of the crew were hurt but in a place like Gosport where we have a world-class marine scene, he is one of our true champions.’

She added: ‘This is devastating news for Alex, Pepe and the rest of the Hugo Boss team.

‘But we are extremely proud of them for doing so well in the first part of the race.

‘We look forward to supporting their future endeavours.’

Responding on behalf of the government, Helen Grant MP said: ‘I’m very, very sorry indeed to hear about that and my thoughts and prayers go to him and his family and friends.’