this is Alex Thomson, the 37 year old British skipper of this 60ft Hugo Boss yacht, ‘keel walking’ as his yacht sails in the Solent, a straight that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England.
he needed wind speeds of 17 – 19 knots, waves between 0.5 and 1.25 metres, a sailing speed of 9 knots and a crew with some 45 years’ experience to successfully complete the stunt. this is of course excluding the 8.2 tonne yacht and 255hp jet-ski used.
he achieved the same feat in 2009, “but everyone always assumes it’s ‘Photoshopped’,” he is quoted as saying.
more on him here.