The goal was to reach the New York coast for the start of the translatlantic New York to Barcelona Race. But the voyage of Alex Thomson’s Imoca 60 Hugo Boss has already ended during the outward transfer due to a dismasting: precisely the mast broke at the top, above the last order of spreaders. Fortunately, no one on board (Alex Thomson, Ryan Breymaier, Alex Pella, and Guillermo Altadill) was hurt, and somehow the boat managed to reach Newport by sailing another 800 miles without a mast. Now all efforts will be focused on making sure the abrca is ready for June 1, when the regatta will start. Photo above by George Bekris
It is the Open 60 ex-VirbacPaprec 3, aboard which Jean-Pierre Dick finished fourth in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe despite the loss of the keel.But more importantly, it is the boat that won the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2011 (with Jérémie Beyou serving as Dick’s wingman) and the 2010-11 Barcelona World Race (with Loïck Peyron along with Dick), the round-the-world race that Thomson plans to go on to win along with Spanish co-skipper Pepe Ribes.