Thomson on course to break record

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GOSPORT skipper Alex Thomson is set to smash the British round-the-word yacht race record.

Thomson is due to finish the Vendee Globe race on Tuesday, and will break the British single-handed record as long as he arrives before 12.02pm.

His Hugo Boss team hopes he will arrive at the finish in the French port at Les Sables d’Olonne in under 80 days, but the yachtsman is expected to face difficult conditions in the Bay of Biscay.

Support crew based at Haslar Marina in Gosport are due to head to France on Sunday to see the skipper finish.