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Alex Thomson’s abandoned Hugo Boss yacht found after 10 years

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The yacht was discovered in Patagonia, several thousand kilometres from where the sailor abandoned it in 2006.

The yacht that skipper Alex Thomson abandoned in the Southern Ocean in the 2006-2007 Velux 5 Oceans Race has been discovered on a remote South American beach.

Cristian Donoso, a Rolex Enterprise Award winner, found the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss yacht washed up on the Patagonian coast in Chile during a kayaking expedition in recent weeks in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.

Based on currents and wind, the adventurer estimated the yacht would have travelled some 20,000km (13,000 miles) from where Thomson was forced to abandon it, in order to reach its final resting place near South America’s southern tip.

Thomson reposted Donoso’s story on his Facebook page: “A couple of weeks [ago] during an expedition to go kayaking … by the desolate coast of Patagonia Sahara, we discovered inside the National Park Bernardo O’Higgins the yacht ‘Hugo boss’, the British Skipper Alex Thomson lost in 2006, 1,000 miles south of South Africa during the round the world velux 5 OCEANS.”

“To get to the coast of Chile, the ‘Hugo boss’ had to travel more than 20.000 km adrift, pushed by the wind and the currents, crossing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and going [to] the south of countries such as Saudi Arabia, India, Australia and New Zealand.”

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Thomson said his team would make contact with local authorities to assist with the yacht’s removal.

The British skipper abandoned his racing yacht when the keel suffered a structural failure and the boat capsized just 33 days and 7,000 miles into the first leg of the round-the-world Velux 5 Oceans race.

Out of reach from rescue, a thousand miles from land and in the path of a 50-knot storm, Thomson’s only chance of survival was friend and race competitor Mike Golding. Golding turned back and sailed nearly 100 miles in a force eight gale to pull Thomson from a life raft.

When Golding’s mast broke in two places, the pair had to make for Cape Town under jury rig, where Golding ultimately retired from the race.

The video above is Thomson’s chronicling of the rescue as the dramatic events unfolded.

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Alex Thomson steps down from racing

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Alex Thomson has announced that he won’t be competing in the 2024 Vendée Globe, but doesn’t rule out returning to the round the world yacht race in 2028

Alex Thomson has announced he will not be racing in the 2024 Vendee Race. Credit: Lloyd images

Alex Thomson has announced he will not be racing in the 2024 Vendee Race. Credit: Lloyd images

Alex Thomson has announced that he won’t be competing in the 2024 Vendee Globe .

Instead, HUGO BOSS will be raced with a different skipper, yet to be announced.

But, Alex Thomson hasn’t ruled out returning to the race in 2028.

The British skipper has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years including five successive Vendée Globe’s; he finished second in the 2016-17 race.

He said it was now time to focus on his family.

Alex Thomson plans to spend more time with his family. Credit: Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson plans to spend more time with his family. Credit: Lloyd Images

‘I have had the privilege to compete and race IMOCA 60s for almost 20 years. I love the sport but it’s now time for me to spend more time on land, with my young family. My wife Kate has single-handedly raised our children for the last 10 years whilst I have pursued my dream. Now I want to support Kate and allow her the same opportunity that she has given me,’ he said.

‘This doesn’t mean that I am retiring, just changing my role, from spending most of my time at sea, to spending more of it on land,’ he stressed.

Alex Thomson said he would continue to promote sailing and has ‘always believed that it is my role to be an ambassador for our sport, telling the story to an international audience.’

‘In the last 20 years we have sailed to every corner of the globe, from Russia to Mexico, Canada, Australia, and Taiwan and even up the River Yangtze to Shanghai, China! There is a huge global fanbase who follow and love the Vendée Globe. I want to continue to promote the sport, tell the story and share my knowledge and experience, but with a focus on the next generation,’ he said.

Alex Thomson and his team 5 West Ltd will remain together.

Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS

The new HUGO BOSS took 80,000 hours to design and build. Photo: Alex Thomson Racing

‘The goal has always been to win the Vendée Globe, which to me remains the toughest sporting challenge left in the world today, and we haven’t accomplished that yet. This is the start of a new chapter, with a new skipper, and we will provide him or her with all the tools, knowledge, experience and environment to win,’ added Thomson

In the 20 years since Thomson first appeared on the IMOCA 60 scene, the sport of offshore sailing has changed considerably.

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The yachts have evolved to push the boundaries of technology and innovation in a similar way to Formula 1.

Alex Thomson and his team have developed with the sport too, both on and off the water.

As well as attracting a global audience with award winning stunts like the Mastwalk and Skywalk, Alex Thomson’s team have produced some of the most ground-breaking IMOCA’s 60s in the last 10 years.

Stunts like his Skywalk earned Alex Thomson a global audience

Technical Director Ross Daniel, who has worked alongside Alex Thomson for 20 years said: ‘After eight round the world race campaigns, we have learned an enormous amount. We have designed and built some of the most innovative boats within the class and our 2016 boat was seen as the reference boat of its generation. We are going to continue to use our experience in designing and building boats and running successful campaigns and I am looking forward to the next campaign leading to the Vendée Globe in 2024.’

Reflecting on his racing career Alex Thomson thanked HUGO BOSS for their continued sponsorship and Nokia Bell Labs, which is the team’s technical partner.

‘I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has been part of the journey so far. To my team past and present, thank you for the commitment and faith you have shown in me. All our partners and suppliers for all your support, and obviously to our loyal fans. The biggest thanks of course, goes to my wife Kate, for being by my side every step of the way,’ said Alex Thomson.

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This New ‘Hugo Boss’ Racing Yacht Is as Sharp as a Bespoke Suit

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Alex Thomson Racing team's 60-foot racing yacht Hugo Boss

Sharp, clean lines, jet-black and finished with bespoke precision: No, we’re not describing an impeccably tailored Hugo Boss suit, but rather the label’s new and equally impressive racing yacht. On Monday, British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing unveiled the custom-built 60-foot dream machine designed to lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe round-the-world race.

The IMOCA vessel was spearheaded by world-renowned boatbuilder Jason Carrington back in 2018 and designed in partnership with the Alex Thomson Racing team and the French architects at VPLP. According to the company, it took two full years of work—approximately 50,000 hours of specialist construction and the effort of more than 100 workers—to complete the revolutionary racing yacht, which may explain the £5.5 million ($6.7 million) price tag.

Hugo Boss —the moniker given to all six of the team’s previous vessels—is a state-of-the-art carbon fiber yacht which weighs around eight tons and features high-tech hydrofoils. Solar paneling runs along the deck and coach roof—an addition aimed at allowing the team achieve its second mission of sailing around the globe without the use of fossil fuels.

Alex Thomson Racing team's 60-foot racing yacht Hugo Boss

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“We innovate, we push boundaries and we’re not afraid to do things differently. We accept that, in doing so, we might not always be right. But we are certainly not afraid to explore things that have never been done before,” Alex Thomson said as Hugo Boss hit the water for the first time.

To be sure, the yacht cuts a sharp profile, which seems only fitting given the team’s stylish title partner. The sleek carbon hull and the streamlined bow are finished in a distinctive, glossy black and creates an arresting contrast with fluorescent pink accents on the roof, keel, and rudder. The bespoke hue—a first for IMOCA—was devised by industrial designer Karim Rashid, the man orchestrating the brand identity of the boat.

“This sport is no longer just about qualified naval architecture and competent ocean racing,” said Thomson Racing CEO Stewart Hosford. “It’s a design and engineering challenge at the highest level. It’s about bringing together the best in the world in every single area, in the relentless pursuit of excellence, of perfection.”

The yacht will now undertake a sea trial period before its officially launched and christened in September. From there, it will debut in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race in October. Godspeed, Hugo Boss .

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Alex Thomson is preparing to take on the toughest race in sailing

Completing a solo round-the-world race isn’t enough for british yachtsman alex thomson. he wants to win, says aby dunsby, by aby dunsby.

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Published: Thursday 20th October 2016

Crashing, sixty-feet waves. Excruciatingly cold winds one day; burning heat the next, and around 80 days of devastating, all-consuming loneliness. These are some of the challenges Alex Thomson will face when he sails solo around the world next year – and he can’t wait. Completing the 26,000-mile Vendée Globe – the only single-handed, non-stop, round-the-world race, dubbed the ‘Everest of sailing’ – is a feat that only 100 people have ever been able to achieve.

Thomson is one of the privileged few: he came third in the race in 2013, and is the fastest and youngest Briton ever to have completed the distance. "The challenges that we face day-to-day are quite big,” Thomson tells me breezily. “We’re used to dealing with large amounts of grief or problems and it kind of becomes a bit normal, really. You just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off – and keep your chin up."

To say ocean racing is dangerous is an understatement, and Thomson is no stranger to the sport’s highs and lows. In 2006, during around-the-world chase Oceans Race, the keel of his Hugo Boss racing yacht broke halfway between Africa and Antarctica, forcing him to abandon the race and be rescued by a rival. Disaster also struck earlier this year, when Thomson and his co-skipper Guillermo Altadill were airlifted to safety after their boat was capsized by a rogue wave during the Transat Jacques Vabre. The race was meant to prepare Thomson for the Vendée Globe, but that’s not going to put him off. Thomson still wants to compete. And he wants to win. "That’s the mission; that’s what’s important," he tells me.

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As well as coping with constant exhaustion, Thomson must face the intense loneliness that comes with spending three months alone, without his wife and two young children. "With the VG you don’t have that security of somebody else being around. You don’t have someone to share the low moments and the highs with, so mentally it’s a tough race.

"Being away from my family, it’s one of the hardest things. Everyone asks how hard my job is, but it’s harder for my wife. She has to deal with the stress and the worry, and I’m on the boat in control of my own destiny and, generally, I don’t feel very worried or too scared. As the kids get older they understand what’s going on, and they’d prefer their dad to be at home, rather than racing around the world. So it does make it pretty hard."

Preparing for the race is a mental feat in itself. Thomson has worked with sports psychologist Ken Way, whom he has known since he started sailing as a teenager. "I can tell him about the challenges I face, and he comes up with an idea for how to combat those things and make it easier for me. It’s difficult being in the Southern Ocean 2,000 miles away from anybody at my age [41], travelling at 34 knots in the middle of the night, and you’re trying to sleep but your brain’s screaming at you that you’re going to die. I’ve worked with him to understand how to get my body to relax and how to feel OK about it."

You’re trying to sleep but your brain’s screaming at you that you’re going to die

Though the mental strength required is almost unfathomable, the training – and the race – are tough physically, too. "Fitness-wise the main priority is not getting injured, so we make sure that doesn’t happen. There’s a cardio element, a strength element and a flexibility element. There’s plenty of exercise."

Once on board, it’s crucial that Thomson stays well-fuelled to keep his brain alert. "Ninety percent of [the food] is freeze-dried, so it’s stuff like energy bars, peanuts, noodles, teas and coffees." Hardly the food of dreams, and tucking into a proper meal is top of the list for Thomson when he returns home from a race. On board the boat, though, it’s what his body needs. "The body quite likes the boring food. It doesn’t particularly like the step back to land again," he admits. I ask how much of a struggle it is to adapt to a conventional life after long stints at sea. "I’m so used to [the sea], it doesn’t feel scary to me. It feels normal. Last time I finished the VG, it was more normal to be at sea than it was to be on land. It took weeks to get back to normal after that."

Last time I finished the Vendée Globe, it felt more normal to be at sea than it did to be on land

Thomson’s love for the sea is all-embracing. Even when he’s not racing, he spends a lot of his time on the water, kite surfing or sailing with his family – the Caribbean and the archipelago near Sweden’s Gothenburg are his favourites. What drives his obsession? "I always feel when you get on a boat – it doesn’t actually matter how big it is, it could be a great big ship – once you get out onto the ocean and leave sight of land, it gives you a real understanding of how small we are as human beings. I find that a very humbling experience." For Thomson, it seems the sea offers a sense of tranquillity he can’t find on dry land, even when the waves are raging. People say you should do one thing every day that scares you. Alex Thomson just likes to take things to extremes.

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HUGO BOSS – ALEX THOMSON RACING

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Thomson is one of the favourites for the Vendée Globe 2020-21. In the past two editions of the race,  Thomson has secured third and second place finishes in 2013 and 2017 respectively. One of the factors that contributed to the previous remarkable boat speed advantage of Alex Thomson’s HUGO BOSS over the rest of the Imoca fleet was an extensive programme of CFD simulations. What’s less well known is that Alex brought in a specialist CFD team, Dr Rodrigo Azcueta’s Cape Horn Engineering, to help deliver that advantage.

‘We were fortunate to be able to count on Rodrigo’s expertise in foil design and CFD analysis,’ Thomson says. ‘For CFD analysis, Rodrigo and the team at Cape Horn Engineering are always our first point of call.’

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New generation foil assisted racing yacht

The new generation foil-assisted yacht ‘HUGO BOSS’ has taken a team of naval architects, engineers and boat builders just over two years, 80,000 hours to reach its completion. The IMOCA Open 60 race boat has been built with one goal in mind – to win the Vendée Globe in 2020-21.

Cape Horn Engineering worked alongside the Alex Thomson Racing team and French naval architects VPLP to create HUGO BOSS, the first of its kind.

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Cape Horn Engineering’s involvement in the design of the foils for the previous HUGO BOSS contributed to its unsurpassed performance. It was, without doubt, the fastest boat in the fleet during the last Vendee Globe 2016-17. Unfortunately, during the 2016-17 edition, Alex Thomson was hampered by a broken foil which handicapped him for most of the race, however, he still managed to finish in a credible second place.

Early 2018 Cape Horn Engineering were proudly commissioned once again to assist in the specialist design of the new foil system for the next generation HUGO BOSS. Dr.-Ing. Rodrigo Azcueta, Managing Director of Cape Horn Engineering, had the best experience and credentials to provide dynamic simulations for the new foil configuration.

Rodrigo had recently completed an America’s Cup cycle with Ben Ainslie Racing, where foil design and simulation were at the core of the design process. Over his 4 year involvement with BAR, Rodrigo led the CFD team, drawing on their extensive resources to analyse all aspects of the concept design of the foiling 50ft catamarans, and to produce their performance predictions.

The challenge

The extensive CFD simulation work for HUGO BOSS lasted for 6 months, during which time Rodrigo worked in collaboration with both Alex Thomson Racing team in the UK and French architects VPLP design team, with Andy Claughton coordinating the CFD effort for the wider team.

The innovative foils extend from each side of the hull to lift the boat out of the water at speed, reducing drag. With new rules allowing the foils to move on two axes rather than just one, as was the case in the last race, the challenge was to find the optimal foil shapes and angle of attacks for each sailing condition, which provide maximum performance and stability.

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Rodrigo comments: ’’Alex invited me for an exhilarating test sail onboard HUGO BOSS as she was put through her paces, to see first hand the dynamics, and learn how the boat needs to perform under extreme racing conditions. This was also a crucial opportunity to experience the instabilities, often observed in the first generation foil-assisted IMOCA Open 60s where the foil and keel lift the boat until one or both start to pierce the surface. Then, at some point, the lift is lost as ventilation occurs and the hull sinks back into the water, and the process re-starts. Alex had a good understanding of the problem and some ideas on how to solve it that needed verification and fine-tuning with simulations.

Working alongside the HUGO BOSS specialist team was certainly another highlight of the project. Hundreds of hours were dedicated, and hundreds of emails and conversations were exchanged as we worked diligently to simulate the boat dynamics and assist in the development of the next generation of foil designs for HUGO BOSS ’’.  

Dynamic simulation

The CFD approach involved setting up 4 and 5 ‘degrees-of-freedom’ simulations, where the fully appended yacht is free to move in space and the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces are mostly balanced and the yacht finds its floating – or semi flying attitude – during the simulation.  

This type of analysis is a great improvement over the more traditional VPP work, where only the steady-state situation is addressed. Simulations are started from a situation where the forces are out of balance, and the dynamics of reaching force balance gives important insights on how the different configurations will behave in real situations.

Video animations were produced and analysed, with forces, moments and final attitudes compared. In this way, dozens of foil candidates and foil positions could be considered at a preliminary design stage. “It is an iterative and interactive process, where ideas are run in CFD, analysed by the team and then after evaluation, good ideas are taken forward and refined, and the others are discarded after having learnt from their downsides”, Rodrigo says.

Foil curvature and size, longitudinal position within the hull, position where the foils exit the hull sideways, i.e. how close to the water surface, mounting angle and the variations in angle of attack permitted by the new IMOCA rule, positions and articulation of the bearings and the interaction with the hull and whole system were all systematically varied and compared.

After completing this investigative process, the design team was confident to choose a foil that was based off one of Alex’s initial concepts, the radial foil … an innovative design and the first of its kind.  

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Why Alex Thomson, Yacht Sailor Extraordinaire, Thinks You Shouldn't Ever Recline Your Airplane Seat

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In the past few weeks alone, Alex Thomson has covered a lot of ground—roughly 10,000 miles. But that’s nothing new for this world-renowned British sailor, who circled the globe solo in his Hugo Boss -sponsored yacht last year. After two previous attempts at Vendee Globe , the nonstop, ultimate yacht race known as the Everest of offshore sailing, Thomson successfully crossed the finish line in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. (It makes The America’s Cup , which is happening now through September, sound like a cakewalk.)

Needless to say, this extreme sportsman from Gosport, England, is an expert when it comes to being on the road. “I take about 130 flights per year,” he says, over the phone from Portland. “I’m constantly in hotel rooms or apartments. I like apartments, though, because I can cook my own food, and it’s so much healthier.” This summer, his travels have taken him to Stockholm (his favorite city in the world), Vancouver, Seattle, and the German island of Sylt, before heading back to the U.K. for a slew of races. Next year, he’s slated to start another solo sail around the world, starting and ending in Barcelona. Here, the Brit fills us in on his must-have airport meal and his other travel vices.

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The IMOCA Open 60 Boss boat.

WHAT’S THE FIRST…

…THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT?

I have a terrible habit of having an English cooked breakfast. It’s a very bad habit to have a greasy, cooked breakfast every single time you go to the airport, but it’s my thing for some reason. It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is; I always do it. Then, I pick up some water, a newspaper, some chewy sweets, and I’m done.

**…THING YOU DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN A DESTINATION? **

When I get to a new place, I want to find out where I am staying first, so I go straight to the hotel or apartment. Then, I unpack and head to the boat.

**…WORD YOU TRY TO LEARN IN THE LOCAL LANGUAGE? **

You always need a way to say “thank you.” Also, when we take the boat to different cities and bring people and journalists on board, you need a way to greet them in their language. It shows you are making at least a small effort.

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The boat from afar.

…THING YOU PACK?

Probably my gym kit. I am terrible with packing; I usually get my wife to do it and I always leave it until the very last minute. And I usually leave half of it behind. In terms of packing for a race with the boat, it takes months to prepare. Everything is written down and run through about 20 times. It is the exact opposite from how I rush to a plane.

WHAT’S THE LAST…

**…THING YOU DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE A DESTINATION? **

I make sure I have my passport. I am paranoid about losing it. I have never lost it—yet—but once I sent it off to get a new visa, forgetting I had a flight the next day. So, now I have two passports.

**…THING YOU PACK? **

My wash bag, it never fits.

MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL MOMENT?

Sailing into Shanghai in 1998. They say it was like the River Thames was 50 years ago, and we were working with the barges to go up the river. Going up the river with a pilot onboard was pretty memorable. The craziest moment was sailing through the Panama Canal and being in a lock with a 50,000-ton supertanker in our 60-foot yacht. It gives you an understanding of just how small we are.

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Alex during a training session in the English Channel before the Vendee Globe.

MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT?

Probably the time I fell asleep on the plane, which in and of itself is obviously very normal. But the piece of chewing gum in my mouth and the rather large dribble patch on the front of my shirt wasn't a good look!

BEST THING YOU ATE IN THE PAST YEAR?

The food on the boat is freeze-dried and basically it’s like baby food. Really, it’s an energy source—between 600 and 1,000 calories per meal. I have been told it’s the same stuff that astronauts eat, allegedly, but I’ve never met an astronaut so I can’t be sure. So, when I have been on the boat for a long time, I just love a cheeseburger—they are very easy to get anywhere around the world. Once I have had a cheeseburger, I am open to trying different food around the world, but I am partial to lobster or crab.

**WHAT’S THE ONE TRAVEL RULE YOU WISH EVERY TRAVELER WOULD FOLLOW? **

That's easy. My pet hate when traveling is when people recline their seats on the plane. Especially if it's not a long haul flight, I just don't think it's necessary. I always feel sorry for the poor bugger in the last row who can't inflict the pain on anyone else!

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VIDEO: Alex Thomson kite surfs his Hugo Boss racing yacht

Round-the-world sailor Alex Thomson has released his latest stunt Skywalk, which involves kite surfing off the back of his Hugo Boss racing yacht

Alex Thomson is no stranger to a dramatic boating stunt and his latest video, Skywalk is right up there with the best of them.

The round-the-world sailor has recruited kite surfing pro Susi Mai and turned his Hugo Boss racing yacht into the ultimate tow boat.

Decked out in his usual suit and shades combo, Alex takes to the water and demonstrates his kite surfing skills before attaching a line from his 60ft IMOCA.

After catching a gust of wind, the 41-year-old soars to double the height of the yacht’s mast, giving viewers a great view from the top of this epic leap. To top it all, he skilfully brings his kite surf board down onto the water for a controlled landing.

Skywalk

Filmed in the Portuguese resort of Alvor, Alex Thomson’s Skywalk video features copious product placement by Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss, but when the stunt’s this spectacular, we’re not complaining.

Skywalk has racked up more than 150,000 views on YouTube in 48 hours, but the viral video still has some way to go to beat previous stunts Mastwalk and Keelwalk , which have both been viewed more than 2million times.

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Referencing the HUGO BOSS yacht, the pieces draw on the carbon fibre-inspired pattern and the colour palette of white, black and neon pink. The capsule's responsible focus also looks to the boat, which was designed to use reduced resources. For instance, the yacht's primary power source of sunlight, and the raw unpainted hull.

"For BOSS, this capsule represents another stage in the journey towards a more sustainable approach to fashion. I could not be prouder to be a part of that."

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From epic voyages to sharing his incredible stories, sailor Alex Thomson has a packed schedule. Take a look at what Alex has been up to and what’s next for the round-the-world skipper and the HUGO BOSS yacht.

Alex Thompson on his new yacht from BOSS

The world’s toughest sailing challenge, a non-stop, unassisted and single-handed round-the-world race, begins on 8 November in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. The Vendée Globe, a 24,000-mile course over approximately 75 days, is considered the Everest of sailing, and only 50% of entrants complete it . Alex finished in second place in 2016 – this time he aims for a win with his new yacht that launched in September 2019.

HUGO BOSS sailing boat on the Transat Jacque Vabre race

The Transat Jacques Vabre race charts the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil. Yachts sail from Le Havre, a leading French port, to Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. The race begins on 27 October 2019.

HUGO BOSS sailing boat on the Transat Jacque Vabre race

Alex Thomson and the HUGO BOSS boat stopped in Brazil and Mexico on their final tour before the new yacht was launched. Alex visited several BOSS stores, and special guests had the chance to experience a unique sailing trip with him onboard the boat. The tour spent March in Rio, Brazil and April in Cozumel, Mexico.

HUGO BOSS sailing boat on the Route du Rhum

For the first time, Alex Thomson competed in the 3,542 nautical mile non-stop, single-handed race from France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, crossing the line in first place as the fastest boat in the fleet. The HUGO BOSS skipper was awarded third place overall due to a time penalty imposed after a technical problem. "There are a lot of positives to take away from this," Alex expressed.

Aboard the new HUGO BOSS yacht, round-the-world sailor Alex Thomson set sail through London's iconic Tower Bridge for the christening ceremony. The new HUGO BOSS boat was redesigned by Alex Thomson and his team, naval architects VPLP and boat builder Jason Carrington to improve the vessel’s performance and sustainability. Its appearance is striking, thanks to renowned designer Karim Rashid, who emblazoned it with a one-of-a-kind shade of pink. These talents came together with one singular mission: to create a groundbreaking yacht that wins the Vendée Globe in 2020.

HUGO BOSS sailing boat in London

Features of the new boat

Detail of the HUGO BOSS boat

The yacht's foils have been radically redesigned for speed. Foils have revolutionised the sport of solo, offshore sailing, making the boats ‘fly’ to reach higher speeds than ever before.

Detail of the HUGO BOSS boat

The boat is made entirely from carbon fibre, which is reliable, durable and lightweight. The material is not painted; the colours come from the carbon itself, allowing the BOSS logo to be a structural element for the first time. All of this reduces weight to maximise performance.

Solar panels

Alex aims to sail without fossil fuels, using sunlight as the primary power source. Solar panels charge the motor and the battery, which is key for communication and navigation. The carefully-placed panels will even function in the Southern Ocean where direct sunlight is restricted.

Skipper Alex Thomson

The process of designing a racing yacht like this one is incredibly complex. We carry out lots of different tests and studies, and evaluate a lot of historical data on our previous boat, as well as looking at others in the fleet. All of this data helps us to form a better understanding of the direction we want to go in. Every element of the new boat, from the foils and the shape of the hull to the layout of the cockpit and working environment, has been designed by our team, together with VPLP, specifically for me as the skipper to race in the Vendée Globe.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

HUGO BOSS was built in Hythe, Southampton, UK under the direction of Jason Carrington who I believe to be one of the very best boat builders in the world. There is so much knowledge, experience and technique in that boat shed so, for us, it was the clear choice. It was also important to us, as a British team, to build the boat here in the UK, something which has allowed us to work incredibly closely with Jason and his team throughout the process.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

There are around 30 people at the boat yard itself. In addition to that, we have a team of about 10 internally who have worked across the project, as well as our wider team. We also then have our naval architects, VPLP, whom we continue to work very closely with. In total, more than 100 people have worked on the project across all areas.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

People have come to expect HUGO BOSS to be black with silver or white. But, of course, the IMOCA rules also state that specific areas of the boat must be fluoro for safety reasons. As a team, we have always made it our mission to lead, never to follow. We like to be first and for people to ask ‘what will they do next?’ When Karim’s initial designs came back and we saw the neon pink vision for the first time, it was unexpected for a lot of the team. But, for us, what better way to stand out from the rest of the fleet and continue to make a statement in this sport?

Skipper Alex Thomson and industrial designer Karim Rashid

Known for his use of colour, Karim Rashid devised a striking neon pink design for the boat. For this, he, Alex Thomson Racing (ATR), and HUGO BOSS created a completely unique shade. The team received approval from the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) to use this colour, making it the first yacht of its kind to feature neon pink.

Interview with Karim Rashid

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

To brand the next HUGO BOSS sailing boat is an honour. It is special to work on this project as HUGO BOSS is such established brand, and Alex Thomson is so well respected in the sailing world. It is my diversity that affords me the ability to cross-pollinate ideas, materials, behaviours, aesthetics and language from one typology to the other and here was an opportunity to speak about speed, exclusivity, energy and courage through the visual aesthetics of the boat.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

I think about using colours to create an experience, and to create human engagement. I love pink and techno colours – colours that have a vibrancy and energy, so they were a natural selection for the project. I am very graphic in all my work, be it interiors, products or architecture. They are blank canvases for colour, like a white seamless room on a movie set, a perfect stage for accessorising, for embellishing.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

Every round of designs had to be analysed from a performance perspective. It led to a lot of iterations and revisions but, ultimately, that helped us in finalising the best possible brand identity functionally and aesthetically, marrying HUGO BOSS and ATR with my own aesthetics.

Design pattern of HUGO BOSS sailing boat

Our design takes direct inspiration from the attributes and weave of carbon fibre, making it the focal point of the design. The lines in the pattern speak to each individual fibre found in every carbon strip that makes up the overall weave. The result is a hypnotic, endless weaving of lines that gives the boat a strong yet delicate nod to the fibre, which also elegantly addresses the theme of reduction.

Behind-the-scenes images of HUGO BOSS boat construction

In 2018, the painstaking process of designing and crafting the HUGO BOSS boat began. The result is an IMOCA 60 yacht unlike any other before it. Take a look behind the scenes at the intricate process.

Skipper Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson is one of the most inspiring and talented yachstmen of his generation. He is the youngest sailor ever to win a round-the-world race, has broken three world records and cemented his reputation with a second-place finish in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe.

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Skipper Alex Thomson performing the Keel Walk

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Alex Thomson stands down as Vendée Globe skipper

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  • October 25, 2021

British solo sailor Alex Thomson will not compete in the next edition of the Vendée Globe, but will throw his support behind another skipper. He also has not ruled out making a return in 2028.

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British sailor Alex Thomson has announced he won’t compete as a skipper in the 2024 Vendée Globe , the solo, non-stop race around-the-world, but doesn’t rule out returning to the race in 2028.

Alex Thomson is one of the most immediately recognisable IMOCA 60 skippers, and also one of the very few sailors who have managed to transcend the sport and become a near household name.

The British sailor has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years, including five successive Vendée Globe races and two podium finishes, as well as numerous world records.

Besides the Vendée Globe, which has always been the event upon which Thomson has been most focussed, the larger-than-life character has pushed the envelope of what can be expected of a skipper in terms of a headline sponsor’s expectations and marketing return.

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His 18-year collaboration with Hugo Boss has become the defining sailor / sponsor partnership. Not for nothing has it long been seen as the gold standard relationship of what a British offshore racer can offer a multinational – the Hugo Boss sponsorship deal has survived three different CEOs and CMOs (chief marketing officers) at the German luxury goods brand.

Alex Thomson has done mid-ocean live link-ups with BBC Breakfast news, millions have watched his Keelwalk , Mastwalk and Skywalk videos on social media, he’s hung out with Lewis Hamilton and appeared in glossy magazines like GQ, all with highly visible, recognisable and stylish Hugo Boss branding.

Alex Thomson Mast Walk

Thomson’s famous Mast walk stunt. Photo: Mark Lloyd / Lloyd images

However, Alex Thomson has also delivered serious results, including two podium finishes in the toughest single-handed race of all.

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Alex Thomson profile: Understanding the man behind the suit

Everyone knows Alex Thomson. He’s not only one of the most immediately recognisable IMOCA 60 skippers, but one of the…

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Hugo Boss: Sailing on board Alex Thomson’s £6million foiling machine

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The British sailor burst onto the offshore racing scene as the wunderkind who became the youngest ever skipper to win the Clipper Round the World Race in 1999 aged just 25. After a fallow period in which he suffered a series of gear damage, notably retiring from both the 2004 and 2008 Vendée Globe races, he went on to finish 3rd in 2012.

Famously, Alex Thomson said that the 2016/17 Vendée Globe race would be his last. However, after the event, which saw his best finish – a 2nd to Armel Le Cléach  despite suffering an early breakage of a key foil – he was inspired to give the race another shot.

But the Vendée is a fickle beast and in the most recent edition of the race, Thomson’s radical Hugo Boss suffered serious structural problems and a rudder failure forcing him to retire and divert to Cape Town .

“For the best part of 20 years this race has been my goal; we’ve come pretty close before and this time I really thought it was possible,” said a distraught Alex Thomson at the time. “I have the boat of my dreams, we put together a campaign I’m extremely proud of and despite the setbacks of the last week I still thought it was possible – to win, or at the very least finish.

Alex Thomson with Union Jack in the Southern Ocean

Thomson in the Southern Ocean during the 2016/17 Vendee Globe. Photo: Marine Nationale

“I’ve given my life to this sport and it’s a very difficult pill to swallow.”

Given his previous announcements on stepping down it is, perhaps, no surprise that the Brit is not going to take part in the next edition of the Solo Round the World Race.

“I have had the privilege to compete and race IMOCA 60s for almost 20 years. I love the sport but it’s now time for me to spend more time on land, with my young family,” Thomson has said of his decision.

“My wife Kate has single-handedly raised our children for the last 10 years whilst I have pursued my dream. Now I want to support Kate and allow her the same opportunity that she has given me. This doesn’t mean that I am retiring, just changing my role, from spending most of my time at sea, to spending more of it on land.”

Although he is now to stand aside as a skipper for the Vendée, Thomson is by no means stepping away from the sport of sailing and offshore racing entirely.

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Thomson on his most recent Hugo Boss IMOCA 60. Photo: Alex Thomson Racing

“Aside from being a skipper, I have always believed that it is my role to be an ambassador for our sport, telling the story to an international audience,” he says.

“In the last 20 years we have sailed to every corner of the globe, from Russia to Mexico, Canada, Australia, and Taiwan and even up the River Yangtze to Shanghai, China!

“There is a huge global fanbase who follow and love the Vendée Globe. I want to continue to promote the sport, tell the story and share my knowledge and experience, but with a focus on the next generation.”

Thomson and his team 5 West Ltd will remain together, “The goal has always been to win the Vendée Globe, which to me remains the toughest sporting challenge left in the world today, and we haven’t accomplished that yet. This is the start of a new chapter, with a new skipper, and we will provide him or her with all the tools, knowledge, experience and environment to win.”

The question will now be, who will be the skipper to replace Thomson in the quest to win the 2024 Vendée? Thomson has always been a proud Brit and has resisted the urge to base himself and train over the channel amongst his French competitors with their vast wealth if expertise and knowledge in the offshore solo racing scene.

Whoever, the new skipper is, they will certainly benefit from the years of racing, boat building and marketing expertise that have been built over the years from Thomson’s professional and well-prepared operation and so will almost certainly go into the next cycle of the Vendée Globe as a key entry to watch.

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SAN FRANCISCO — For nine minutes on Sunday, Klay Thompson looked like an emerging candidate for NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

Coming off the bench for the fourth time since he was taken out of the starting lineup on Valentine’s Day, Thompson scored 21 points in his first nine minutes to put the Warriors ahead early against the Denver Nuggets.

It wasn’t enough, as Nikola Jokic continued his historic season to lead the Nuggets to a second-half comeback in a 119-103 win over the Warriors at Chase Center.

But it was another opportunity for Warriors coach Steve Kerr to nod his head in approval as he watched Thompson thrive in a bench role for the first time since his rookie season in 2011.

“His approach feels so much better than it was even a few weeks ago,” Kerr said.

A few weeks ago, Thompson sounded distraught. He was benched in closing time during a close win over the Brooklyn Nets and told reporters in New York he was struggling mentally.

“You kidding me? Go from, you know, one of the best players … it’s hard for anybody,” he told ESPN. “I’ll be honest with you. It’s very hard.”

It took him a few days to recenter himself. It wasn’t until the All-Star break that Thompson said he felt refreshed.

He’s played three games since, averaging just 13 points a game, but operating more mindfully around the floor, Steph Curry said.

“Even the game he only had three points (against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday), it was one of the better all around floor games he’s had,” Curry said. “He took what the defense gave him, took the shots he was supposed to shoot. Most of them didn’t go in but the way the game flows and how he gets his opportunities, he was always making the right play, playing great defense, got us some rebounds, extra possessions that way.”

And he’s still getting playing time. Off the bench, Thompson has averaged 27 minutes, only three minutes fewer than he was averaging as a starter.

“I never looked at coming off the bench as a demotion considering I’m still playing 25-30 minutes a night,” he said.

Sunday, Thompson replaced rookie Brandin Podziemski with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter and took over the game with some hot shooting from behind the arc. He buried four 3-pointers to help put the Warriors up, 36-30, after the first quarter.

With five points early in the second, Thompson had collected a stunning 21 points in just nine minutes of work.

The Warriors faded in the final minutes of the second quarter and were out-played completely in the third, but Thompson still finished the game with a team-high 23 points.

He started the game 5-for-8 from behind the arc, but went 0-for-5 to finish his night. Kerr said he felt the fast pace of the first half worked in Thompson’s favor, making it easier for him to get free.

Overall, Thompson is 9-for-25 (.360) from 3-point range since the All-Star break. On the season, he’s shooting a career-worst .372.

“This has been an emotional season for him,” Kerr. “You guys know this, he’s been grappling with his mortality in some ways as an athlete. He knows how good he was six years ago. He’s had a hard time reconciling everything after the injuries.

“The thing we keep trying to convince him of is that he’s still a hell of a player. And he’s at his best when he’s not pressing and he’s not stressed out, worried about trying to be the guy he was six years ago. I think coming off the bench has maybe helped in that regard. I just noticed he’s more relaxed. His approach, his leadership in the locker room, it feels different.”

According to ESPN, Thompson’s streak of 727 consecutive starts was the fourth-longest active streak in the NBA, trailing only Curry, DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard. That streak was snapped following a 4-for-14 performance against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 14 that sank Thompson’s overall shooting percentage to a career-worst .415.

At 34 years old, Thompson is the same age as San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili when he retreated to a full-time bench role for the final seven years of his Hall of Fame career. Thompson has said he’s looked to Ginobili’s career to inspire him.

So far, so good.

“It all comes from understanding that no matter if it’s a starting role, bench role, whatever it is, he’s still Klay Thompson and he can come in and do exactly what he did tonight,” Curry said Sunday.

Most importantly, he needs to “not let the narratives consume him,” Curry said. “That’s when he’s at his best.”

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