Image: Alex Thomson Racing

TV personality, presenter and model Jodie Kidd this week joined skipper Alex Thomson on board HUGO BOSS off the coast of Portsmouth.

Jodie – known for her love of high octane sports including motor racing and sailing – was onboard HUGO BOSS, the IMOCA 60 race boat belonging to British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing.

Jodie joined skipper Alex Thomson – one of the most successful sailors in British history – out on the water, and was introduced to the thrill of ocean racing.

While Jodie has sailed on a number of occasions in the past, this was the first time she has ever sailed at speed on an IMOCA 60 race boat, an experience which she says she “absolutely loved”.

With the help of Thomson and his team, Jodie was guided through the functionalities of the race boat, as well as being given a tour of HUGO BOSS in which Thomson eats, sleeps and races during his epic round-the-world races.

“I don’t know how you do it!” Jodie said of Thomson’s solo achievements on the water.

After leaving Haslar Marina in Gosport, where the Alex Thomson Racing team is based, Thomson and his crew reached 31 knots, with Jodie enjoying every second of the action.

Thomson said: “It was great having Jodie with us out on the water on-board HUGO BOSS. She took the whole experience in her stride, even when we reached a top speed of 31 knots! It was a great afternoon and we’re looking forward to welcoming her back on board again soon.”


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