Oct 6, 2015
Bremen, 6 October 2015
After an estimated 35,000 man hours spent on its construction, painting and fitting out, the latest generation HUGO BOSS took to the water on 10th September 2015. Customised for Alex Thomson, the all-new IMOCA 60 racing yacht will be the fastest and lightest HUGO BOSS to date. The new yacht has been built using the best components including the all-important rigging. As was the case with the previous HUGO BOSS, Gleistein Ropes has also supplied the entire running rigging as the Official Rope Supplier to Alex Thomson Racing on board of HUGO BOSS. This successful partnership will continue to the end of 2016 when Alex Thomson will take the new HUGO BOSS on the “Everest” of offshore yacht racing: the solo, unassisted, non-stop around the world Vendée Globe, which starts in November 2016.
Gleistein Ropes has supplied more than 2,500 metres of premium lines for the new HUGO BOSS. Besides various customised high-performance types designed to cater to the specific requirements on HUGO BOSS by the Gleistein Ropes R&D team and finished by its in-house rope making specialists, many of the lines deployed come directly from the current Gleistein GeoYacht range of racing lines including versions of DynaOne®, RunnerTwin and TaperTwin – all made with Dyneema® fibres. The lines used deliver exceptional strength, reliability and handling for optimal performance even under the most challenging conditions. As Official Rope Supplier to Alex Thomson Racing, Gleistein Ropes is committed to remaining the best in its field and continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible: “Offshore yacht racing is a real test of endurance and reliable performance is imperative – not least for the rigging. Just as on the former HUGO BOSS, this new vessel is fitted with premium lines from Gleistein that have continually delivered on this promise. Gleistein Ropes only creates the finest materials and craftsmanship. This is matched through extensive practical experience in the field – such as in this partnership – as well as ongoing research and development to deliver cutting-edge products and best-of-breed solutions, no matter the demands,” comments Dr. Heide Giese-Bothe, Market Manager for Yachting Ropes at Gleistein and an avid sailor herself.
Building the new HUGO BOSS has been a mammoth task. More than two years have passed since the initial design phase commenced in early 2013. The IMOCA 60 was designed by VPLP Verdier and constructed at Green Marine, Hythe. Significantly more than 20,000 premium components are integrated in the new 60ft racing yacht. Everything from the deck, hull, cockpit and hatches to even the hinges are handmade from carbon fibre to ensure weight is kept to the absolute minimum for providing an additional competitive edge during racing – while maintaining the highest level of performance. The rigging from Gleistein must also comply with the demands for delivering the highest levels of performance and reliability at the lowest weight. “Success in our field comes down to many aspects. Each of the components used must be the best in its class and be absolutely reliable” explains HUGO BOSS Skipper Alex Thomson. “Each gram that is saved and every square millimetre of surface area exposed to wind that is reduced makes a difference – a difference that rapidly increases the further it is away from the yacht’s centre of gravity. The lines from Gleistein Ropes are extremely light and exceptionally slim while retaining outstanding reliability. And that is exactly what we need to achieve our ambitious goals.”
The new HUGO BOSS has a busy schedule ahead. Following final testing and fine-tuning, Alex Thomson and Spanish co-skipper Guillermo Altadill will take to the helm on 25th October 2015 to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre, which follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil. Thomson will then compete solo in November 2016 in the pinnacle of offshore racing: the Vendée Globe.
Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 19,000m². Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs and future-oriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite quality “plus” that directly benefits the consumer. Gleistein offers a complete service, provides its customers with industry-leading know-how and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services. www.gleistein.com
Alex Thomson is the youngest yachtsman to ever win a round-the-world race. When he triumphed in the Clipper Round the World Race in 1998/99, he set a record he still holds today. In 2003 Thomson made a spectacular debut in the world of solo sailing by breaking the distance world record. In 2008 he claimed second position in the Barcelona World Race, setting his second distance world record in a monohull. Following this, he focused completely on the world's toughest single-handed yachting race: the Vendée Globe in which the competitors sail 26,000 nautical miles (46,300 km) nonstop around the world. In 2013 he finished this classic in third place. Alex Thomson is making his intentions clear as his sights firmly set on a podium position in the next Vendée Globe starting in November 2016. Alex will compete onboard his fastest and lightest HUGO BOSS. www.alexthomsonracing.com
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