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Fasthosts sponsors Pixel Boat’s around the world challenge

Gloucester-based web-hosting company, Fasthosts, is to sponsor a world record attempt at sailing solo non-stop around the world.

The company's long-term customer Alex Alley, will attempt to break the record on his 40ft yacht, Pixel Boat.

To help fund the ambitious voyage, Alex has set up a website where individuals, companies and schools can purchase 'pixels' to feature on the hull of the yacht. For a minimum donation of £25, images can be uploaded and displayed - so far Alex has accumulated logos of local businesses, pictures of beloved pets, happy couples, and memorial images.

A yachtsman and motivational speaker, Alex has sailed all his life, representing England in the world championships by the age of 20, sailing around the world as part of the 18-strong Team Stelmar in 2004, and beating the 876 mile Land's End to John O'Groats record. He broke a solo round the Isle of Wight record in January 2017.

Alex has spent six years building up to the big challenge. As he sets off from Ushant, France, Fasthosts will share Alex's progress via social media, including monitoring his GPS tracker, as he looks to beat the current world record of 137 days, 20 hours, 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Alex said: "One thing I've learnt over the years is never to give in. It's been a challenge to get this far. That resilience has been formed over the years sailing through the world's oceans. It's a volatile environment and you have to rely on so many different systems all working together.

"Fasthosts have been looking after my website for many years, so I contacted them when I needed something more powerful to cope with the extra demands of the Pixel Boat side of the website. Since changing over to CloudNX, a dedicated cloud platform, the website loads significantly faster and allows me to run the site without compromise."

Fasthosts is sponsoring the mainsail and Solent jib, in addition to supporting Alex's website. The company will be following Alex and Pixel Boat throughout the campaign.

Alex will embark on his record-breaking challenge in November, 2018.

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