Launched in the summer of 2019, this VPLP design, conceived in partnership with the Hugo Boss team, is characterized by its innovative look: a fully enclosed cockpit, with visibility to the outside largely provided by cameras.
The on-board energy is supplied for the most part by solar panels specially integrated into the deck. The foils are also unique with their circular shape.
Despite good performances in the early stages of the races, especially in certain points of sail (reaching), the new HUGO BOSS will not have been able to reach the end of the courses. After a stop off the Canaries in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Neal McDonald, Alex Thomson also had to put an end to his fifth Vendée Globe participation. While sailing in the South Atlantic, his starboard rudder was damaged, forcing him to reach Cape Town and retire.
In 2021, Alan Roura will take the helm of the 60-foot boat with the goal of a "winning" project in the 2024 Vendée Globe.