Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2020 LEADERBOARD

HUGO BOSS detaches keel

by Ross Daniel 4 Nov 2019 06:54 PST
The radical new Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 aimed at winning the Vendee Globe © Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson Racing update: Transat Jacques Vabre - Ross Daniel, Technical Director at Alex Thomson Racing, said:

    "Last night Alex and Neal were both able to get some rest onboard HUGO BOSS. In the early hours of this morning the skippers resumed their attempts to stabilise the keel.

    Despite their very best efforts, it became clear that keeping the keel attached would put the boat at great risk. With the keel attached only by the hydraulic ram, and in an unstable position, there was a serious risk of significant damage to the hull.

    We did everything that we could to preserve the keel but collectively we determined that it was far too dangerous to keep it in place.

    Therefore, with guidance from our team shore-side, Alex and Neal set about cutting the hydraulic ram to free the keel from the boat. After many hours, they were successful in their efforts and the keel is now no longer attached to the boat.

    Alex and Neal have filled the ballast tanks onboard and fully extended the foils in order to keep the boat as stable as possible. They are currently in light winds and a slight sea state, and we are comfortable that there is no immediate risk to the boat or the skippers.

    The next step is for us to put together the best possible strategy to bring the boat slowly and safely to port. We are currently exploring various options and will provide an update in due course."

Related Articles

HUGO BOSS returns to the water
Alex Thomson and team re-commence training for Vendée Globe 2020 British sailor Alex Thomson has returned to the water onboard the new HUGO BOSS, the boat which he hopes will lead him to victory in the 2020 Vendée Globe. Posted on 12 Jun
Hugo Boss ready for launch after keel repairs
Just a few days before the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown, the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 exited the shed. Just a few days before the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown, the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was ready to exit the shed. The team had completed the significant job of rebuilding their keel area, after striking a UFO and jettisoning their keel during the 2019 TJV Posted on 5 Apr
The new Hugo Boss boat hits the water
As Alex Thomson Racing bids for Vendée Globe glory British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing is announcing the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe round-the-world race. Posted on 5 Aug 2019
Introducing the new HUGO BOSS boat
Built with one goal in mind - to win the Vendée Globe in 2020-21 Designed by Alex Thomson Racing and naval architects VPLP, and built by world-renowned boat builder Jason Carrington, the new HUGO BOSS boat is the first of its kind in the world. Posted on 4 Aug 2019
Alex Thomson Racing to launch new Hugo Boss boat
Confirms October debut in Transat Jacques Vabre Designed by Alex Thomson Racing and French naval architects VPLP, the new HUGO BOSS boat is currently being constructed by world renowned British boat builder Jason Carrington and his team on the south coast of the UK. Posted on 20 May 2019
Sunshine and sailing in Rio de Janeiro
Alex Thomson and the HUGO BOSS yacht together in Brazil Following a 12 day long delivery from Antigua – where HUGO BOSS was berthed over the Christmas and New Year period – the crew arrived in Rio to a warm reception from Brazilian fans. Posted on 16 Mar 2019
Alex Thomson breaks 24 hour distance record
539.71 nautical miles in a 60ft monohull British skipper Alex Thomson and his crew have officially broken the 24 hour distance record for a 60ft Monohull. Posted on 25 Oct 2018
Alex Thomson Racing announce Oceanvolt partnership
Set to integrate electric motor system in new IMOCA Alex Thomson Racing has underlined its commitment to sustainability by declaring an ambition to race around the world without the use of fossil fuels. Posted on 23 Oct 2018
HUGO BOSS sending it!
Epic footage from off the coast of Portugal Some epic footage filmed off the coast of Portugal and hitting a staggering 33.2 knots in rough seas, HUGO BOSS was really sending it! Posted on 25 Nov 2017
Melges 14 2019 FooterGul 2020 FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER