15 août 2019
After more than 50,000 hours of meticulous design and build work spanning two years and involving more than 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders, the new HUGO BOSS boat hit the water last week. The purpose-built 60ft long carbon fibre IMOCA yacht, weighs 7.6 tonnes and incorporates state-of-the-art hydrofoils. The distinctive black hull is in stark contrast to accents of fluorescent pink which can be seen across the boat’s coach roof, keel and rudder. Solar panelling is also on board – an addition the Alex Thomson Racing team hopes will allow it to achieve its ambition of sailing around the world without the use of fossil fuels.
“What makes us one of the most exciting teams in this sport is that we display the courage to lead” Skipper Alex Thomson said, as HUGO BOSS was lowered into the water for the very first time. “We innovate, we push boundaries and we’re not afraid to do things differently. We accept that, in doing so, we might not always be right. But we are certainly not afraid to explore things that have never been done before”.
Spearheaded by world-renowned British boat builder Jason Carrington and designed in partnership by the Alex Thomson Racing technical team – led by Design Manager Pete Hobson – and French naval architects VPLP, the revolutionary new boat was built in Hampshire, England, close to the ocean racing team’s home base of Gosport.
“This sport is no longer just about qualified naval architecture and competent ocean racing” said Stewart Hosford, CEO of Alex Thomson Racing. “It’s a design and engineering challenge at the highest level. It’s about bringing together the best in the world in every single area, in the relentless pursuit of excellence, of perfection.”
Gleistein Ropes has been the Official Rope Supplier to The Alex Thomson Racing Team since 2014 and is proud to also be on board of new HUGO BOSS in the bid of ultimately winning the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe race.
Alex Thomson and his team will now undertake a period of on-water commissioning and testing before the new HUGO BOSS is officially launched and christened in September. From there, the boat will debut in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race in October 2019 before Thomson undertakes his first solo race in the New York to Vendée in June 2020, the penultimate race in the IMOCA calendar before the Vendée Globe itself commences in November 2020.
All images © Mark Lloyd / Alex Thomson Racing