by Gail Willows
Alex Thomson studies Hugo Boss damage in Les Sables d’Olonne
It has been a week since the incident involving a French fishing vessel and HUGO BOSS. The team at Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock to manage the repair to the boat. Gail Willows updates us on the progress upto today, Monday.
Significant progress inside Hugo Boss. The outer carbon skin has been successfully laminated so the new hull section is fixed in place, and the high-density core is being fitted, ready for the the carbon inner skin to be applied tomorrow.
And on the Rig - A fairly big day for the riggers today as 'two becomes one' i.e. the two sections of the mast, with their new inner sleeves glued into place, are joined together by the addition of two outer shells which will clamp around the inner sleeves, thus giving us a whole rig once again! It's imperative to ensure that all the mousing lines are properly attached at this stage - there's no chance of threading them through again once it's complete.
Continued good progress with the slicing - so much so that the splicers have started to work on the spare ropes that Alex will take with him, rather than just the ones that had to be replaced.
Overall, the team remains confident that the boat will be in the water and provisional arrangements have been made for cranes and/or lorries to enable us to get the boat back in the water on 31st October, ready for an intensive week of sailing and fine-tuning before the race start.