Alex Thomson announces his co-skipper for the Rolex Fastnet Race as Swiss sailor Ollie Heer. As Boat Captain of HUGO BOSS, Ollie has worked in the Alex Thomson Racing Team since 2018 and has completed over 50,000 nautical miles on the boat.

 ‘Ollie is a natural choice, we have sailed thousands of miles together on HUGO BOSS and it’s worked extremely well. He’s a great sailor and has aspirations to take on the Vendée Globe, which I am very pleased to support. I am looking forward to our first race together’ said Thomson.

For the first time, the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts in Cowes, Isle of Wight, will finish in Cherbourg, France, with a 695 mile course around the Fastnet Rock in the Irish Sea. The duo will compete onboard HUGO BOSS in the IMOCA 60 fleet, with the race start on Sunday 8th August at 11:15 BST. A live stream of the race start will be available from 10:30 BST and will be shown on the Alex Thomson Racing Hub.