- M • 25/02/1985 • 36 years old
Since 2006, Jay Thompson has been criss-crossing the waters of the globe by boat with his family and the Californian is currently on a ‘stopover’ in France. He started his racing career on a Laser, before securing a solid 7th place in the F16 world championships in 2014, then participating in some major crewed races on demanding boats like the Marström 32 or the TP52. He admits that he is realising a dream by taking the start of the Mini Transat EuroChef.
“For a very long time, I’ve dreamed of racing singlehanded in Europe”, explains the skipper who, since his arrival in Brittany, has not only managed to get in some regular sailing in Figaro, Class40 and IMOCA, but has also made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after shore crew. In fact, Conrad Colman, Alan Roura, Thomas Ruyant and Boris Herrmann, to name but a few, have all placed their trust in him.
His boat? A highly innovative foiling Guillaume Verdier design, which he built himself. “In my view, the Mini Transat, and more precisely the prototype class, is an experimentation platform”, assures the skipper of www.coconuts.is, who hopes to make it onto the podium in Guadeloupe, even if his Mini 6.50 is not yet totally optimised. “The boat has proven that she’s quick in the conditions synonymous with a transatlantic passage, so fingers crossed”, concludes Jay, who might well be the great surprise of this 23rd edition!
- Boat Number: 936
- Boat Race Name: #CocoTopia
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2020
- Architecte: Guillaume Verdier
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires
- Ecole de la Barre, 56410 ETEL