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Alex ThomsonHugo BossIMOCA 60


Alex Thomson’s new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 was officially unveiled at an exclusive launch event at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf.
Hollywood leading lady, Diane Kruger, joined F1 racing driver David Coulthard, and a host of other celebrities, as Thomson’s new yacht was christened in front of an audience of 650 guests.
photos credits: Richard Young
The boat has undergone a dramatic redesign over the last four months under the guidance of yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.
HUGO BOSS stands as the most powerful boat in the IMOCA 60 fleet and over the next few months, Thomson will undertake a rigorous testing and training schedule which will involve a transatlantic and Mediterranean sailing programme before heading to Spain for the start of the Barcelona World Race in December.
About Alex Thomson
Alex Thomson became the youngest skipper ever to win a round the world race in the 1998/1999 Clipper Race.
He then moved on to the IMOCA Class where he now participates in all the major races of the World Championship.
In the solo round the world VELUX 5 OCEANS in 2006, Alex’s yacht HUGO BOSS suffered keel failure forcing him to abandon ship in the Southern Ocean and retire from the race.
photo credits: Richard Young
His biggest achievement came in the Barcelona World Race 2007 when he set a new 24 hour monohull World Speed record in December 2007 covering an amazing 501,3 miles.
With co-skipper Andrew Cape, Alex finished second in the race and will aim in the 2010 edition to go that one step further!
In 2008 Alex competed in the Vendée Globe as one of the race favourites. However, only 3 weeks before the Vendée was due to commence, a French fishing vessel dramatically struck Alex on his delivery to Les Sables d’Olonne. His team fought against the clock to finish the repairs in record time to achieve the impossible - and get Alex to the start line.
Alex’s dreams to become the first Briton to win the much coveted title were shattered after only 3 days racing when he discovered HUGO BOSS was letting in water. Devastated, Alex announced his retirement from the Vendée Globe.
Alex is determined to return and compete in the 2012 Vendée, and achieve his dream to become the first Briton to win the Vendée Globe.
For more information about Alex, please visit www.alexthomsonracing.com

Alex Thomson World Record details:
Record: 60ft Monohull 24 Hour World Record
Yacht: HUGO BOSS Open 60.
Names: Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape
Start position: 42deg 04.83'S; 5deg 58.56'W at15.30 on 06/12/07
Finish position: 43deg 58.82'S; 5deg 09.80' E at 15.30 on 07/12/07
Dates: 6th to 7th December 2007
Distance sailed: 501.3 nm
Average speed: 20.9 kts

HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 specifications:
Weight 10.5 tonnes
Length 18.28 m
Width 6.5 m
Airdraft 31.65 m
Depth of keel 4.5 m
Weight of keel 4.5 tonnes

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