Country FR

FRA 09

Baptismal nameHUGO BOSS
ArchitectVPLP Verdier
Construction2015, Green Marine, Southampton
Launch date9/1/15
Former namesHugo Boss, 11TH HOUR RACING – ALAKA'I


Undoubtably, the ex-Hugo Boss 2015 designed by the VPLP-Verdier duo in collaboration with Alex Thomson’s team was the most revolutionary boat in the IMOCA fleet in the last Vendée Globe!

Her look alone broke new ground with her all over black livery, her plunging bow, her hull forms and above all her foils. In short, the British spectre has always impressed her rivals, especially since her then skipper was already on his third participation… Unfortunately, foil damage offshore of Kerguelen would ‘seal’ her final push, even though the boat’s performance was such that Alex Thomson was a danger right the way to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne for the winner, Armel Le Cléac’h. And once again, the ex-Hugo Boss fails to register her name on the winners’ list in the last Route du Rhum, but her skipper feel asleep on the approach to Guadeloupe, hitting it… Since then, Charlie Enright took over the monohull rechristening her 11th Hour Racing, in preparation for her third crewed round the world with stopovers. As he awaits his new prototype dedicated to The Ocean Race, the American successfully participated (4th) in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Pascal Bidegorry. Benjamin Dutreux will take the helm of the IMOCA in 2022 with a view to a second participation in the Vendée Globe in 2024.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,50 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight7,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât-Aile
Sail area max.
Upwind340 m2
Downwind570 m2

Sailing Highlights

2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 6th
Transat Jacques Vabre - ABD
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 2ème
Rolex Fastnet Race - 3ème
The Ocean Race Europe - 2ème
 Transat Jacques Vabre - C.Enright - 4th

2019: Défi Azimut - C.Enright - 3rd
2018: Route du Rhum - A.Thomson - 3rd
2017: Rolex Fastnet Race - A.Thomson - 8th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - A.Thomson - 2nd
2016-17: New York Vendée - A.Thomson - 3rd
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - A.Thomson - Retired