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Hugo Boss & Neutrogena take 1st and 2nd in the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York – Barcelona Race

Success for Doyle-powered Hugo Boss and Neutrogena who have just taken first and second place in the IMOCA 60 New York – Barcelona Race. The four competing teams – Hugo BossNeutrogena, Safran and Gaes – departed New York on 1 June to undertake the 3,700 mile course to Barcelona. Conditions were challenging and racing was close and competitive with leader Safran being forced to retire after skipper Marc Guillemot was injured.

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Hugo Boss has recently received a full new set of Stratis ICE sails, designed by Richard Bouzaid. With Alex Thomson away on paternity leave, Hugo Boss was co-skippered by Pepe Ribes and Ryan Breymaier, who completed their race in a time of 14 days 2 hours 44 minutes and 30 seconds. “The whole race was great, mostly excellent conditions for sure across the Atlantic, you can’t really say champagne sailing when you have to wear your waterproofs but it was as close as perfect for most of the way. The toughest time was the last 3 days, I always find the lighter airs the toughest,” said Breymaier. “There was never a dull moment for sure, a very intense race so it feels great to win. Until the Med the first 3 boats were incredibly close,” said Ribes

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Neutrogena, skippered by Guillermo Altadill with Jose Munoz, gave them a close run, eventually finishing in second place with a time of 14 days 6 hours 55 mins 17 seconds. “I have had very close finished with short crews in IMOCA 60 in short legs, but in a 3,700 mile long leg being so close until the finish… that’s a first,” said Altadill.

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“This was a great result for both teams as they prepare for the Barcelona World race at the end of the year,” said Richard Bouzaid, Head of Design at Doyle Sails NZ.

VIDEO: It’s Gotta Be the Sails

From Sailing Anarchy: It’s Gotta Be the Sails

It’s no surprise to us that Alex Thomson is managing to stay on the tail of the leading three boats in the 2012 Vendee Globe despite sailing a boat that’s been around for half a decade; after all, at least one of our prognosticators picked him to win the thing outright. Is he just that fast, or does he have another secret?

We grabbed Doyle Sails New Zealand boss Chris McMaster just before the start of the race to explain why Alex is the only sailor in the fleet not sailing with North or Incidences sails. Chris has plenty to say about their development program, and it’s a good look at one of the one of the most important decisions a round-the-world racer makes.

VIDEO: Vendée Globe Week 7 Highlights from HUGO BOSS

At the end of Week 7 and with Alex midway across the Pacific here is team director, Stewart Hosford’s, weekly update

“Alex crossed the international date line and jumped back in-time in the early morning of Christmas Eve, and well ahead of my predictions, as a consequence he had two Christmas Eve days. His short Christmas day video message is guaranteed to make you want to edge even closer to the fireplace over the holiday break..

“Alex in the last few days has passed another very important milestone that we talked about before this race started and that was to get further in this race than he has previously gone (passed a long time ago in the Indian Ocean) but also to pass the furthest point that the boat had also gone before (in the last Vendee Globe Seb Josse sailed this boat to ~900 miles past New Zealand branded BT). Alex is now well past this point and pointing straight at the final ice gate – Pacific East and onwards to Cape Horn. The routing shows Alex is likely to pass cape Horn sometime around the 3rd or 4th of January. I have to tell you that as a team, getting Alex out of the Southern Ocean and back into the Atlantic, will be a HUGE relief to us all.”

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VIDEO: Vendée Globe Week 6 Highlights from HUGO BOSS

It was another tough week for Alex with his power switched off in some rough southern ocean conditions. With Christmas just days away it is not going to get a lot easier. Stewart Hosford and electronics specialist, Rachel Howe look back on the week…:

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VIDEO: Vendée Globe Week 5 Highlights from HUGO BOSS

As Alex spends the day immersed in continuing repairs to HUGO BOSS here is a look at his week just gone by:

With a few more repairs now behind him, Alex has now met Cyclone Claudia. Here is his update from yesterday morning:

“Very glad to have the wind back and to be going fast agin. Yesterday and this morning was all about getting the composite repairs done to the rudder cassettes. I had hoped for good conditions but did not get them as it has rained continuously for the last 36 hours. This morning was even more difficult trying to get the laminate on while the boat was surfing over 20 knots. Thank god for duck tape otherwise all my dirty work would have been washed away. Again the job is not pretty but i hope it will be functional and I have managed to do it without losing too many miles.

I have hooked up with Claudia nicely but the road ahead is not straight forward. I will have a couple of days negotiating this low and another one which will form to my south west but hopefully whatever happens it is fast sailing and i can find a route back to the south.”

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VIDEO: Vendée Globe Week 4 Highlights from HUGO BOSS


Vendée Globe Week 4 highlights from Alex Thomson aboard HUGO BOSS.

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VIDEO: Vendée Globe Week 3 Highlights from HUGO BOSS


Vendée Globe Week 3 highlights from Alex Thomson aboard HUGO BOSS.

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