Alex Thomson Racing sets transatlantic monohull record

Alex Thomson Racing, with help from Caterham Composites, set a new world record after completing the fastest ever single-handed monohull transatlantic crossing from New York to the U.K. in 8 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes.

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Caterham Composites (Hürth, Germany) on July 27 offered its congratulations to Alex Thomson and the Alex Thomson Racing (ATR, Barcelona, Spain) team for setting a new world record after Thomson completed the fastest ever single-handed monohull transatlantic crossing from New York to the U.K. in his Hugo Boss open monohull yacht in just 8 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes.

Th beat the old record, set by Bernhard Stamm 10 years ago, after leaving New York at 1909 GMT on the July 17 and crossing the finish line at Lizard Point, near Falmouth in Cornwall, 8 days and 22 hours later.

Caterham Composites has played an important role in the development of Thomson's Hugo Boss yacht since starting work with the team in January 2012. A team of engineers from Caterham Composites have most recently been working with its counterparts at ATR in Barcelona to help prepare Hugo Boss for the transatlantic crossings, using their specialist knowledge of lightweight structural materials and their applications to reduce weight in the yacht and improve reliability.

Duncan Bell, managing director of Caterham Composites, says, “Our partnership with ATR has been a major success for Caterham Composites and we are extremely proud to be joining Alex and the whole team at ATR in celebrating this achievement.

Mike Gascoyne, Caterham Group CTO, says, “I want to join Duncan in wishing the most sincere congratulations to Alex and the team at ATR for this incredible achievement. To have played a part in helping Alex set this new world record is a proud moment for everyone at Caterham Composites and I am sure it is the first of many similar good news stories we will be talking about for many years to come.”