Hugo Boss just launched their very own yacht in London
The new Hugo Boss yacht was officially christened yesterday in London and it is now all set to head to the high seas, to be raced by British sailor Alex Thomson.
The yacht was built for one sole purpose and that is to win the 2020-21 Vendée Globe.
For those not in the know, the Vendée Globe is a solo, non-stop yacht race around the world where the sailors are unassisted in their circumnavigation.
Considered one of the most gruelling sporting challenge in the world, the Vendée Globe sees the most accomplished solo sailors push their minds and bodies to the limits onboard high-speed vessels, purposefully built to withstand the power of the world’s oceans.
However, after finishing third in 2013 and second in 2017, Thomson will seek to realise a lifelong ambition and add his name to the history books by winning the race in 2021.
But he doesn't only want to win, he wants to win sustainably as well. Solar power is used as the primary source of energy, powering Thomson’s onboard communication and navigation systems via custom-built solar panels on the yacht’s deck and coach roof. An electric motor and battery system have also been installed with the ultimate goal to sail around the world competitively without any fossil fuels.
Mark Langer, CEO Hugo Boss said: “Hugo Boss and Alex Thomson Racing have always shared the same drive to succeed and to innovate. This has formed the basis for this long-term partnership, and we are excited about this new chapter in our collaboration.”
“The new Hugo Boss is the culmination of the last 16 years of this team’s work.” said Skipper Alex Thomson. “We’ve brought together the very best people - across every area of the project - to create a boat which is ground-breaking in so many ways, a boat which we very much hope will allow us to achieve our ambition of winning the Vendée Globe.”
The yacht will race for the first time on October 27, 2019 when Alex Thomson competes in the Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil.
Thomson and the Hugo Boss yacht will set sail on the Vendée Globe on November 8, 2020.