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.
Despite some good performances in the early stages of the race, particularly 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.