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How cool is this?

 

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Time to drop a few kegs matey.

 

Cracking shot though

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Excuse me Mr. Thomson! The keel is on the other side of the boat.

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New "mast walk" video is coming in a few days.

 

Meanwhile enjoy it:

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Looking forward to the video because I can't see a safety line, also it looks like the boat is going sideways versus forward. Some ingenious trickery to keep it at the same relative angle to the wind while slipping

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Wonder what happened if there was a lull. Interested to see the vid

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The Mast Walk by Alex Thomson - The Video

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looking for the trickery and not finding it...

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Damn Impressive they did not stall out and round up.

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So cool. So is Alex. Two summers ago he was in NYC with one of his boats and through a contact we arranged a visit. Went down in three ribs from LIS with about 15 kids and got a full on tour of the boat. Alex spent over three hours going over the boat, explaining all the parts and then gave everybody a lesson on his electronics and nav station down below. The shore crew was busy getting everything set for their record attempt but they were also very patient with everybody.

 

He plugged in some stuff into his routing program with a course across the pond, and the routing program said he would set the record. (Alex was in NYC to set the record sailing across.) And net net when it was all done he actually set the record.

 

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Said it often .... you might criticise his sailing ability (although in my view you would be wrong) but you just cannot beat him for his sponsor and general sailing PR work.

 

Well done Alex

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What's to criticize? The guy is cool!!!

I'd love to see Larry Ellison walk off the end of a mast, just to change the subject.

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Excellent marketing, this is the kind of stuff non-sailors will look at.... well done.

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Someone walked to the first spreader 10years ago on an open 50-60. Forget which boat though. It was on a promo vid.

 

Alex is an fantastic sailor. But as presuming ed said he understands how it all works.

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I've been a big fan of Alex Thompson for a while. This is a great stunt. It sounds kinda lame to call it a stunt though. Good job making your sponsors look brilliant. It's shot nicely and edited nicely. I dig the spray on his jacket in the lead up as well as his nonchalant jump onto #99.

 

But… I want to see his jump without the cut to the 2nd camera. It looked like he might have over rotated in the jump viewed from the heli. I wonder if he landed on his back in that first attempt and if there was a second jump. Whatever the case, he's a friggin' stud. Balls that clank and cool as hell...

 

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watching the video it seems before the jump they drop the keel to lower the jump height.

 

Still brilliant, notwithstanding.

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Yep, liked it. Stunt? check. Balls of carbon fibre? check.

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Someone walked to the first spreader 10years ago on an open 50-60. Forget which boat though. It was on a promo vid.

 

Alex is an fantastic sailor. But as presuming ed said he understands how it all works.

The person you are thinking of might be Alex Pella. Alex was also the skipper/consultant of DCNS for the film "En Solitaire."

 

 

According to a post on the Vendée Globe, it only took one take for Alex Thompson to film the mast walk.

 

Vendée Globe post on the Mast Walk

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/article/14234/alex-thomson-s-latest-show.html

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Someone walked to the first spreader 10years ago on an open 50-60. Forget which boat though. It was on a promo vid.

 

Alex is an fantastic sailor. But as presuming ed said he understands how it all works.

The person you are thinking of might be Alex Pella. Alex was also the skipper/consultant of DCNS for the film "En Solitaire."

 

 

According to a post on the Vendée Globe, it only took one take for Alex Thompson to film the mast walk.

 

Vendée Globe post on the Mast Walk

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/article/14234/alex-thomson-s-latest-show.html

Pete Goss talks about using the method of laying the boat over with the keel to leeward as a method of going up the rig during his Vendee Globe in '96.

Jean Le Cam has a classic photo of him standing on the end of his deck spreader at speed (I guess that might have been on Bonduelle). I can't find it on the internet though.

 

I have also heard of Alex T doing a part of the mast walk during corporate sailing days, so maybe that is where he got the idea from.

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Someone walked to the first spreader 10years ago on an open 50-60. Forget which boat though. It was on a promo vid.

 

Alex is an fantastic sailor. But as presuming ed said he understands how it all works.

The person you are thinking of might be Alex Pella. Alex was also the skipper/consultant of DCNS for the film "En Solitaire."

 

 

According to a post on the Vendée Globe, it only took one take for Alex Thompson to film the mast walk.

 

Vendée Globe post on the Mast Walk

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/article/14234/alex-thomson-s-latest-show.html

Pete Goss talks about using the method of laying the boat over with the keel to leeward as a method of going up the rig during his Vendee Globe in '96.

Jean Le Cam has a classic photo of him standing on the end of his deck spreader at speed (I guess that might have been on Bonduelle). I can't find it on the internet though.

 

I have also heard of Alex T doing a part of the mast walk during corporate sailing days, so maybe that is where he got the idea from.

Must spilt a lot of the guest cocktails doing that :P

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Different dismount here to the video. Wonder how many times he actually did it?

 

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Any idea what is protruding out of the top of the mast in the pic above?

 

Handhold, by the looks of it. Bolted on for the purpose.

 

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Any idea what is protruding out of the top of the mast in the pic above?

 

There is a gopro mounted up there but it seems a bit of overkill for that. Maybe an "oh shit" bar...

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Different dismount here to the video. Wonder how many times he actually did it?

 

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This shot certainly disproves the statement on the Vendee Globe site that it only took one take, as the video shows Alex diving head first into the water.

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Different dismount here to the video. Wonder how many times he actually did it?

 

 

This shot certainly disproves the statement on the Vendee Globe site that it only took one take, as the video shows Alex diving head first into the water.

 

Maybe that clip was made from one jump, but they tried several times for best result.

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this is a cool promo but, I gotta call bullshit on the jump. edited video and a single easily chopped still does not a believer make of me.

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Different dismount here to the video. Wonder how many times he actually did it?

 

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This shot certainly disproves the statement on the Vendee Globe site that it only took one take, as the video shows Alex diving head first into the water.

 

I am hearing the theme from Mad Men.

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ON the video jump he was clearly over rotating (heels coming up behind his back) shortly after take off. He probably landed on his back. Clearly the landing was from a different headfirst jump where he still was going over but not nearly as much. Then a feet first shot. So at least 3 jumps.

 

Also a few barrels of dead fish strung from the leeward rail below the surface would help keep the stability on the heeling while the helmsman could drive merrily along

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could be a useful approach to getting up the rig quick during a race?

 

So I assume they had ballast to leeward and keel up. I suppose if you had a remote for the keel and ballast pump it could be something one could try in the middle of the ocean rather than jumaring it up the rig which must be a PITA. Wonderful to see these guys converting whacky theory into reality.

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Just imagining how much fun they had...

 

Director "OK, are we ready to go? Great. Action!"

Alex scurries up the rig.

Director "Noooooo, not again! That dive was frankly appalling. Hair & make up please, and we'll do it AGAIN. WHEN will you get it right?"

Rinse and repeat... ad nauseam...

 

AT "I'm getting a bit cold and fed up with this"

Director."Tough. It was your idea. I want perfect. Again..."

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Presuming ed has got it exactly right is this last post. there were several attempts and a stuntman on standby, but alex said "no way I could let that guy do it".

 

It is a handhold/ oh shit bar on the top of the mast, in the windex socket.

 

There is no trickery at all in this. Balls of steel is right. Maybe head of steel too diving from that height.

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There was several jumps

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Very reminiscent of "Mad Man"...

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Awesome video!! :D

 

I don't get the "one-take" bullshit though, surely doing it over and over again shows MORE balls not less?

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So how many suits did he ruin?

 

Loving this sort of thing, even my non sailing friends are linking to this on Facebook.

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Very cool , great trust in the helmsman.. I wouldn't do it in my boat.

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"It took about 16 seconds to get to the top. And then there was a massive broach and the boat tacked. I could see the gust coming and knew the boat had leaned over too far but I had enough time to get to the rig and hang on"

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Goodwork,,..... :D very funny

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Pretty funny! Especially the outtakes at the end.

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So was he in a safety harness?

That's difficult to see.

 

 

No safety harness to my eye. He was literally clinging to a halyard when it went tits up.

 

Love the final quote in the making of vid

 

"That is probably the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life"

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I really enjoyed this interview. Thanks!

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....

 

of all my questions,,,I'd have t'say the 'what color is your underpants' ,,,

.................although my first question,,,probably wouldn't have been my first pick :mellow::(

 

 

...interestingly though,,,,I had some pm's that helped with one of th'others! ;)

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Alex is definitively a very likeable and cheerful guy.

 

What I don't get is why you asked that gay pornstar to do the interview. I mean, he can't ask a straight question without babbling pointlessly about what he thinks he knows, his yeah-man-oh-yeah-and-"scratch"-yeah tone is just plain annoying and on top of it we have to put up with him rocking in his chair scratching his balls the whole time.

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Alex is definitively a very likeable and cheerful guy.

 

What I don't get is why you asked that gay pornstar to do the interview. I mean, he can't ask a straight question without babbling pointlessly about what he thinks he knows, his yeah-man-oh-yeah-and-"scratch"-yeah tone is just plain annoying and on top of it we have to put up with him rocking in his chair scratching his balls the whole time.

 

I wasn't scratching my balls. I was holding your mom's head down.

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Alex is definitively a very likeable and cheerful guy.

 

What I don't get is why you asked that gay pornstar to do the interview. I mean, he can't ask a straight question without babbling pointlessly about what he thinks he knows, his yeah-man-oh-yeah-and-"scratch"-yeah tone is just plain annoying and on top of it we have to put up with him rocking in his chair scratching his balls the whole time.

 

I wasn't scratching my balls. I was holding your mom's head down.

 

Awesome zing!

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He's right. Double-handed racing is increasing in popularity in the US. 22 DH entries for Pacific Cup this year. There were only 45ish boats in the fleet in 2012.

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I've grown to like Alex a lot more in the ;ast few years.

I think he won't ever win the Vendee or Barcelona, the French are a long way ahead of him still.

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It took me 4 hours but I finally made it through. Really enjoyed it. Seems like you two get on well and he was doing more than just answering questions, rather making conversation.

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It took me 4 hours but I finally made it through. Really enjoyed it. Seems like you two get on well and he was doing more than just answering questions, rather making conversation.

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...yeh,,didn't have to activate the 'clean-filters' for once!

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It took me 4 hours but I finally made it through. Really enjoyed it. Seems like you two get on well and he was doing more than just answering questions, rather making conversation.

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...yeh,,didn't have to activate the 'clean-filters' for once!

I still think the interview that Clean did with Kenny, on one of the final VOR legs was one of the best ever.

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It took me 4 hours but I finally made it through. Really enjoyed it. Seems like you two get on well and he was doing more than just answering questions, rather making conversation.

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...yeh,,didn't have to activate the 'clean-filters' for once!

I still think the interview that Clean did with Kenny, on one of the final VOR legs was one of the best ever.

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.....yah,,,methinks that guy could carry -anything-!! :rolleyes:

 

 

.....even a 'Nicole' photoshoot! :mellow::wacko:

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BEST SPORTS PR!

 

 

ALEX WALKS TO THE TOP - Today Alex Thomson Racing and their sponsor HUGO BOSS were shortlisted in the ‘Best use of PR’ category in the BT Sports Industry Awards.

Alex Thomson is up against some of the best brands in the Sporting Industry. The competition is close and Sir Keith Mills see’s two members of his sporting family Alex Thomson Racing and the Invictus Games compete for the ‘Best in PR’ category. The winner will be announced at the BT Sports Industry Awards which is being held on the 30th April in London. Alex Thomson racing will be there alongside their UK PR Agency PHA Media.

Alex Thomson Racing

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And here I thought HB could never win anything!

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