Monday, November 02, 2015

Alex Thomson and His IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss

The Transat Jacques Vabre is a 5,4000 mile ocean yacht race from Le Havre in Northern France to Atajai in Southern Brazil. There are four classes, each having their own race: Class 40, IMOCA 60, Multi 50 and Ultime.  In the IMOCA 60 Class, half of the fleet of the original 20 starters have been forced to abandon the race, including Alex Thomson and his co-skipper, Guillermo Altadill, aboard Hugo Boss. She was capsized by a rogue wave that dismasted her and caused structural damage to the extent that she was in danger of sinking. Alex and Guillermo were rescued by helicopter, and today I learned via Twitter that Hugo Boss has been taken to a Spanish port.


Transat Jacques Vabre

Alex Thomson Racing

Alex Thomson airlifted to safety as his new boat is capsized by a rogue wave

Alex Thomson rescued from sinking yacht

Alex Thomson Racing at Twitter

A video of Alex aboard Hugo Boss at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre

Alex Thomson Racing - Facebook

Alex Thomson

Extreme Sailing: why I’m going around the world again

Alex Thomson - Incredible Yachtsman



IMOCA 60 The boat

The Boat (IMOCA 60)

Related Links

Barcelona World Race

Barcelona World Race (2011)

Amazing Heli Footage of IMOCO 60 Edmund de Rochschilde in a breeze

‘Mirabaud’ Dismasted (20111)

Owen Clarke Design IMOCA Open 60

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