It was a momentous return home for sailing legend Alex Thomson as hundreds of people lined the shore to welcome him back on Saturday.

It was a momentous return home for sailing legend Alex Thomson as hundreds of people lined the shore to welcome him back on Saturday.

Families and sailing enthusiasts braced the chilly weather to see the Gosport sailor with the Round Tower in Portsmouth, Gosport ferry pontoon and the Falkland Gardens filled with cheering fans. More than 30 boats joined Alex on the Solent as he sailed around Spitbank Fort and along Southsea towards Portsmouth Harbour. Speedboats, yachts, ribs and even a kayaker were keen to show their support and cheer him on. Alex sailed into the harbour on his Hugo Boss yacht and compared his homecoming to the crowds who met him at the finish line of the Vendee Globe round-the-world race last month. The 42-year-old told The News: ‘It was a real commitment by the people who met us in the Solent for the parade.