VIDEO SHOWS: UPDATES FROM VENDEE GLOBE LEADER ALEX THOMSON
SHOWS: AT SEA (NOVEMBER 17, 2020) (ASO - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUGO BOSS SKIPPER AND CURRENT VENDEE GLOBE LEADER, ALEX THOMSON, ON LEADING AND NOT POSTING REGULAR UPDATES, SAYING:
"Hi everybody, still going strong and in theory (in) the doldrums now. I'm just 12 hours or so ahead and everybody's saying, and it shows on the files, 'that doesn't look too active', but I've heard that one before. So, I'll be prepared for whatever's going to come."
2. CAMERA VIEW ON BOARD HUGO BOSS YACHT (MUTE)
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUGO BOSS SKIPPER AND CURRENT VENDEE GLOBE LEADER, ALEX THOMSON, ON NOISE LEVELS ONBOARD, SAYING:
"But yeah, all's going good on board here. My father actually messaged me today saying 'what's the noise level like onboard?'. So, maybe I could just let you have a quick listen to the noise. Hang on a second [onboard noise]. Yeah, there, that's it. So, the faster you go the noisier it gets. When you're going fast, maybe more than 25 knots in here, you could have an average noise maybe 90 to 98 decibels. The noise that's recorded for the hub on our website that's updated every hour, that's just round the corner here inside the living area and you'll see noises there up to 136-138 decibels, something like that. And that in particular is the alarm. So, the whole boat's set up with alarms. My sleep alarm, foil alarms, haul alarms, mast alarms. If you can think of an alarm, we've got it and that runs at about 136 decibels and so it's pretty loud. And for anybody who's ever slept with me, I can be pretty hard to wake up sometimes, so, well that alarms certainly wakes me up. Anyway, onwards and upwards or in this case downwards. On our way to the doldrums, looking forward to the South Atlantic, which also looks rather fast at the moment and then the entry into the Southern Ocean. Have a good day everyone."
4. 360-DEGREE VIEW OF SUNSET ONBOARD PIP HARE'S MEDALLIA YACHT
STORY: Vendee Globe leader Alex Thomson provided updates from his Hugo Boss yacht on Tuesday (November 17), having not regularly done so during the ongoing round-the-world race.
Holding a lead of around 12 hours along the doldrums, a common nautical term referring to a belt near the Earth's thermal equator where sailors encounter windless conditions, Thomson said he was going strong and provided viewers with a sense of just how loud it is living on board.
Thomson is hoping to become the first non-French winner of the race.
(Production: Stefan Haskins)