Alex Thomson Racing has officially launched its new HUGO BOSS yacht, featuring many radical new design features – all with one goal in mind; winning the Vendée Globe 2020-21.
Over 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders have worked together for the past two years to design and build the ocean racing team’s new 60ft IMOCA.
The foiling monohull is instantly recognisable with its iconic design of black and fluorescent pink, its enclosed cockpit with integrated solar panels, and state-of the-art hydrofoils.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the choice of sail provider; Doyle Sails. Richard Bouzaid, Head Designer at Doyle Sails has worked closely alongside Alex Thomson Racing for over 10 years:
“The relationship between Doyle Sails and the Alex Thomson Racing team has led to some great innovations. These innovations have not only supported the team as it continues to cement its position as one of the front runners in the IMOCA class, but they have also fed into the development of our own sail design, benefitting sailors everywhere” commented Bouzaid.
Doyle Sails have designed and developed the full sail wardrobe for the new HUGO BOSS, utilising Doyle’s latest Stratis technology.
Skipper Alex Thomson said: “Reliability and attention to detail are key across every individual element of the new boat, and those factors are particularly important when it comes to the sails. For us, Doyle were a clear choice. They understand our team and the high standards that we expect”.
Mike Sanderson, CEO of Doyle Sails adds "Alex and Richard both share a passion for innovation. A huge amount of work has gone into the latest HUGO BOSS boat and Doyle Sails is very proud of our involvement. We are working tirelessly to try and give Alex and the team a competitive advantage for the Vendée Globe 2020-21."