Transat Jacques Vabre – Hugo Boss update from Alex Thomson
Video showing the start and drama from the Mono60 foiler Hugo Boss, with co-skipper Alex Thomson, tracing her start in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre, decision to suspend racing, her capsize by a rogue wave and dismasting, and then her crew’s rescue
British sailor Alex Thomson and his co-skipper Guillermo Altadill say they are looking towards the 2016 Vendee Globe singlehanded non-stop around the world race after an extraordinary sequence of events ended their participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre this weekend. The pair were rescued by the Spanish coastguard on Saturday afternoon after a rogue wave caught the new Hugo Boss while the yacht was in a hove to position. The boat, which sustained damage to its rig in addition to taking on water while inverted, was later successfully brought to the dock in La Coruna, Spain, after a swift response from the Alex Thomson Racing Team.
Alex Thomson explains “I have never experienced anything like it. I was asleep and woke up to a boat upside down rapidly filling with water. Guillermo and I responded together as a team to the difficult situation and now that my boat’s back safely we can focus on our Vendee Globe campaign as a team. We have overcome problems before and I am as determined as ever to succeed.”
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