“My goal is to win the Vendée Globe.” The Boss is back and he means business

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British yachtsman Alex Thomson, skipper of the ‘HugoBoss’ IMOCA Open60 race yacht. Shown here leaving for the start line of the Vendee Globe 2020.
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He is not going to Les Sables d’Olonne simply to participate in the Vendée Globe. He is on his way to Les Sables to try to win, the first non-Frenchman, the nonstop and assisted round-the-world race. Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss have departed from England, the skipper is accompanied by a small crew, and are heading to Port Olona, from where the Vendée will start on November 8.

Hugo Boss is the most revolutionary boat in the new Imoca fleet (we will bring you a detailed analysis of the new boats soon), and it has been very “hidden” in recent months having not participated in any of the official races reserved for Imoca 60s after the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019.

ALEX THOMSON’S COMMENT

“I will sail with Hugo Boss to Les Sables D’Olonne with a small crew and the rest of our team will join us there. The boat is practically ready for the race, with only minor work to be done when we arrive in France to prepare it for the race in three weeks. It is always a good feeling to be on the way to the village and to be very close to the starting line!

Of course, the start of the race will look different this time because of COVID, and I regret that I will not be able to meet the thousands of fans who show up to support the skippers. That said, this race is meant to be consumed digitally, so I feel excited at the thought of being out there in the middle of the ocean competing against other skippers, entertaining everyone at home to watch. This time we will do even more to bring people along with us on the trip as I race, so that they feel like they are on board experiencing the ups and downs with me.

Obviously the goal is to go out there and win. But to get there, you have to finish. And this race is very, very difficult to finish. But, if we can reach that goal, I am sure we will be in contention for victory. A victory would certainly validate all that we as a team, together with our partners, have put into this journey.” Boss’s word.

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