British sailor attempts to break trans-Atlantic record

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Bluewater sailor Alex Thomson left New York on Tuesday at 7:09 p.m. GMT in an attempt to break the single-handed Atlantic record on his monohull Hugo Boss.

The British skipper will try to sail the 2,880 nautical miles between the Ambrose Lighthouse and Lizard Point in less than 10 days, 55 minutes and 19 seconds, which is how long it took Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm to cross the Atlantic in 2002.

"The weather forecast for the short term means that I should be able to sail the first part of the crossing within the record. But once I approach Ireland for the second half, the conditions look less ideal, so it is going to be a push to be able to break it." said Thomson.

If the British yachtsman manages to break the Atlantic record, it will also mean he will be back in England in time for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Click here to follow Thomson’s quest.