Boatshed Portsmouth wishing Alex Thomson Racing a great Vendee Globe 2021
You can do it Alex! Have a safe and fast Vendee Globe
Boatshed Portsmouth are based in the home of Alex Thomson Racing and have been very fortunate to be great friends with Alex and the team and have watched the development and creation of the latest ground-breaking Hugo Boss new racing yacht specifically designed for the Vendee Globe 20/21.
CLASS : IMOCA
LAUNCHED : September 2019
DESIGN AND BUILD TEAM : 100+
DESIGN HOURS : 30,000
BUILD HOURS : 50,000
LENGTH : 18.28m
WEIGHT : 7.7tonnes
KEEL LENGTH : 4.5m
FOIL LENGTH : 7m
SAILS CARRIED : 8
UPWIND SAIL AREA : 330m2
DOWNWIND SAIL AREA : 630m2
SOLAR PANELS : 60
FOOD : 70 days' worth
This will be Alex's 5th Vendee Globe Race achieving 3rd and 2nd places previously, we all hope and believe this 20/21 edition is his race!
The boat is very technically advanced with mega development from nav station ergonomics, machine learning autopilot which is more proactive and adaptive, 9 camera's on the boat.... the rudders, keel, masthead the list goes on. Even the provisioning for Alex has been heavily thought out to provide maximum health and nutrition not forgetting his favourites.
Alex Thomson Racing have also created a hub in which you, as a keen supporter can view in real time: the race, location of the boats, the boat stats such as speed, bow height, maximum boat heel - all sorts of information! You can even keep an eye on Alex's personal stats like sleep time, etc. You can view this here on The ATR Hub
I found this video really interesting produced by Alex and his team a couple of days before the race start, when he joined the team and boat in Les Sables-d'Olonne
Hugo Boss supporters club in Gosport
Being based in Gosport, Alex's home town, we are again very fortunate to be part of the Hugo Boss supporters' club setup by his brother and sister-in-law in their family run hotel, restaurant and bar. Evenings with Alex, the man himself, onboard Hugo Boss whilst he is on the boat racing the race! we have the opportunity to hear first hand updates and and ask him the odd question!