Alex Thomson’s new steed is undoubtedly the most radical of all the IMOCAs!
Launched in the summer of 2019, this VPLP design, created in partnership with the Hugo Boss team, is characterised by her innovative look: fully enclosed cockpit, visibility of the outside space being largely provided by cameras. A lot of the on-board energy is supplied by solar panels integral to the deck. The foils are also unique with their circular forms. Unfortunately, after excelling on certain points of sail (reaching in the English Channel) at the start of the race, the new Hugo Boss became ensnared in a W’ly option during the last Transat Jacques Vabre… Subsequently, as Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald were hurtling due South at over 25 knots, the boat suffered a very violent collision with a UFO offshore of the Canaries. Compelled to ditch the keel, Hugo Boss made the Cape Verde archipelago at a reduced speed and was repatriated to Southampton with a view to undergoing major repairs, set to be complete by late March. Alex Thomson has planned a training session and delivery trip to the USA prior to participating in the New York-Vendée this June. His fourth Vendée Globe is in his sights then… and he has the necessary assets to go for gold!