This picture may look fake but I have video proof that it is 100% real. Alex Thomson really is standing on the keel of a speeding sailboat leaning violently on it's side. This image took multiple attempts all caught on video. scroll down to see this BTSV and 5 images taken from the stunt.
Known as the ‘The Keel Walk’ the stunt involves very precise wind, sailing and sea conditions to make sure Alex and his jet-ski-driving assistant aren’t toppled over by the 8.2 tonne yacht.
Mr Thomson, who performed the stunt while sipping a gin and tonic said: ‘We’d wake up one day and the conditions would look just right, so we’d sound the alarm and get the boat prepped, bring in the jet ski guy, the RIB driver, the photographer, the camera guys… I’m in the suit, ready to go…and the wind drops. It was hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait.’
And what exactly does it require other than one crazy guy in a suit?
A wind speed of 17 – 19 knots, waves between 50cm and 1.25 meters, a sailing speed of nine knots and a crew with some 45 years’ experience.
Once these conditions are met, the crew needs to angle the yacht at 70degrees to get a 45-60 second window where this real-life Bond can mount the keel from a jet-ski and adjust his bow-tie.