Alex Thomson’s Open 60, Hugo Boss, is back in the water. The yacht had suffered damage before before and during the Vendeeo Globe race which led to early retirement.
This year, in addition to racing, the boat will be used to leverage Hugo Boss’s other sports sponsorships. Alex and the team will be present for the Monaco Grand Prix, supporting Hugo Boss and the McLaren team. It is a strategy that has worked well for the sponsor – last year attracting the bulk of the ‘Round the Island’ coverage when UK driver, Lewis Hamilton was aboard.
Last week Hugo Boss went back into the water in her home berth in Haslar Marina, after spending the last few months in Endeavour Quay being repaired. She looks in excellent shape having had all structural repairs done, and her hull re-sprayed. The mast has now been stepped and the boat is being prepped this week for sailing. She will then spend the next few weeks doing sea trials, and will be having the rigging and tuning tweaked to get her back into top condition. She will be sailing over the next weeks with technicians and sailmakers to ensure she reaches her peak performance.
Alex and boat captain Ross Daniels will use the delivery trip to the Monaco Grand Prix as training for their double handed challenge in November, The Transat Jacques Vabres. Alex and Ross have also been putting a great deal of time into their shore-side training, with daily gym and squash workouts.
The whole team are now gearing up for the coming six months, with Will Jackson and Ollie Young, who both worked on the Hugo Boss ll Volvo 60 tour, stepping up to help prepare the boat and get her ready for this new season.