Racetec Rigging was founded by Will after identifying the potential uses of high-performance rigging and deck gear solutions on private yachts and dinghies where budget and traditional views often affect the performance as well as make handling difficult and equipment failure more common.
Will trained as a marine engineer before moving into rigging where he worked building and servicing aluminium masts and stainless rigging. He progressed into rigging racing yachts and dinghies including the Paralympic team boats for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
In recent years Will has been responsible for all aspects of rigging, deck gear and sails for Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss IMOCA 60s. This included preparing for the 2012 Vendée Globe where Alex achieved 3rd place. Will then went on to design and build the rigging and deck systems on the latest generation of Hugo Boss which achieved 2nd place in the 2016 Vendée Globe.
Alex started sailing from an early age. He grew up in Hong Kong before moving to the UK for university, Alex was selected to join the British Keelboat Academy, sailing on the squads J80s and Farr 45. Through the BKA, Alex was then offered a job working as a nipper with the RC44 Team Aqua during the 2012 season, culminating in the team winning the overall points competition.
Alex brings to the team 5 years of knowledge and experience in big boat sailing, including racing superyachts where he worked onboard the 220ft carbon ketch Hetairos and the 100ft racer/cruiser Inoui.
Alex joined Racetec Rigging in May 2019 working with Will to launch the new IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, as well as providing performance improvements and racing with the Finnish XP44 Xtra Staerk.