British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing is announcing the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe round-the-world race.
The IMOCA boat, HUGO BOSS, is the product of more than two years of painstaking design and build work undertaken by the ocean racing team, together with more than 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders.
“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 at Premier’s specialist boatyard, Endeavour Quay, Gosport. “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”.
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 at Carrington Boats in Hythe Hampshire, England, close to the ocean racing team’s home base of Gosport.
HUGO BOSS – the name carried by all six of the team’s previous IMOCA boats – is a purpose-built 60ft long carbon fibre yacht, weighing 7.6 tonnes and featuring state-of-the-art hydrofoils. The boat’s deck and coach roof, meanwhile, feature solar panelling, an addition which the team hopes will allow it to achieve its ambition of sailing around the world without the use of fossil fuels.
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 in November 2020.