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Hugo Boss races on without Alex Thomson

Skipper Wouter Verbraak and Andy Meiklejohn finish the race

Wednesday 12 January 2011Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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Alex Thomson has made the decision to remain in England to be able to closely monitor the progress of his infant son Oscar who was diagnosed with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta.

The couple’s baby Oscar, who was born 7th January, was further examined by medical consultants in the UK this morning (Tuesday) where they determined that his condition has stabilized.

Alex Thomson and his partner Kate have been advised that further close monitoring will be necessary over coming weeks.

Thomson has made the decision that he will not be joining HUGO BOSS in the Barcelona World Race Barcelona World Race #barcelonaworldrace as he had hoped following his recovery from an emergency appendectomy on 29th December.

He will remain in the UK to be with his baby son and partner.

The IMOCA Imoca #IMOCA Open 60 will continue in the Barcelona World Race Barcelona World Race #barcelonaworldrace with skipper Andy Meiklejohn and substitute skipper Wouter Verbraak. Verbraak stepped on board the boat on 31st December when the race started as a temporary substitute for Alex until he received medical clearance, however he will now assume the full role of Skipper of Hugo Boss for the duration of the race.

Stewart Hosford, Team Director said this morning “As a team we feel relieved that Oscar is being so well looked after and his condition is more stable. We fully understand and support Alex’s decision not to join HUGO BOSS as planned. We have every confidence that Andy and Wouter will do us proud”

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