For VPLP Design the new Hugo Boss is more than just the second 2020 generation IMOCA to be designed by the firm after Charal, it is a project milestone. Officially unveiled on Thursday 19 September in London, skipper Alex Thomson’s new sailing machine is designed to achieve one single goal: win the next solo round-the-world race (the Englishman was runner-up in the 2016–17 Vendée Globe).
“We already know Alex and his team very well, having collaborated with them on his previous IMOCA,” says Vincent Lauriot-Prévost. “He has a huge amount of experience and a very individual point of view, radical even, as to what an IMOCA should be.” The result is a sixty-footer designed uniquely and precisely for the Vendée Globe. Read on.