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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Update from the team on how the repairs are going and expected timeline: https://www.alexthomsonracing.com/blog/2019/12/24/alex-thomson-racing-update-hugo-boss-repair/ Upon arrival from the Cape Verde Islands, HUGO BOSS was moved to Southampton. There, a full NDT (non-destructive testing) of the boat was carried out in order to assess the damage sustained during the Transat Jacques Vabre. We can now confirm that, as suspected, the damage is contained to the keel area. The rest of the hull, the foils and rudders are undamaged. Following the NDT, our Composite team began working to cut away the damaged parts of the hull and structure. Together, our Structural Engineers, Gurit; Naval Architects, VPLP; Design Manager, Pete Hobson; and in-house team have been working to construct a full repair plan. This plan will allow our boat builders to move swiftly forwards with the work required throughout the Christmas period. Our in-house technical team, meanwhile, has been focused on the remainder of the keel area, in order to identify the parts that require replacement. These include the keel, keel hydraulics and bearings, some of which have significant lead times and so it was imperative that we moved quickly. We have appointed additional specialist resource in order to deliver the repairs as quickly as possible. This includes Pro Build Composites, who will continue to lead the repair programme, and Carrington Boats Ltd, the team who built HUGO BOSS and therefore know the boat very well. Our objective is to complete the work required as quickly as possible, but to deliver a comprehensive and robust repair. We expect to be sailing again by March 2020, at which point we will move straight into a testing and development period. We will aim to secure as many miles on the water as we can ahead of the New York to Vendée race in June. In just six weeks, we have delivered HUGO BOSS safely back to the UK, carried out a full NDT, removed the damaged sections of the boat, put together a comprehensive repair programme and assembled a formidable team to manage and deliver that plan. To execute each of those steps in such a short space of time is a testament to the resilience and determination of this team. While this is of course a setback for us, there are many positives to take away. During the short window of time that we had to sail alongside the rest of the IMOCA fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre we were able to gain a good understanding of HUGO BOSS’ performance and potential. We are very confident with that performance and are looking forward to developing further as we push on towards the Vendée Globe. Our team will commit everything they have to ensuring that, when we reach the start line of the Vendée Globe on November 8th, we are in the best possible position. Winning the Vendée remains the sole objective of this team
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Latest from the team: ***Update from the Alex Thomson Racing technical team*** 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET Alex and Neal are safe and making good progress onboard HUGO BOSS. They are now around 300 miles away from the Cape Verde Islands, sailing with caution at around 10 knots. They have both managed to get some sleep and are focused on getting safely to land. Members of the Alex Thomson Racing technical team have arrived in Cape Verde and are preparing for the boat’s arrival. Further members of the team will make the journey in the coming days in order to meet Alex and Neal, and to facilitate the boat’s safe arrival. Our current routing has the boat arriving by Friday morning. We are in regular communication with our skippers and are monitoring the boat’s progress around the clock, as we will continue to do until HUGO BOSS is safely into port. (Copied from their FB feed)
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    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    HB headed to Cape Verde ~800nm
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    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    HB got rid of the keel... From TJV website: Hugo Boss update after being forced to withdraw from the race on Sunday 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”.
  5. Ari qualified (just) for the VG in the RdR. Yes he will be slow without foils in both the TJV and VG but good on him for trying and managing to find the sponsorship as an amateur.
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    My Song fell off a cargo?!

    More photos on Winchworks Palma FB feed
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    My Song fell off a cargo?!

    Agreed. They imply that they made the statement in response to speculation about the incident and to stop false information spreading. They also say they are unhappy about the incident being discussed before the facts are known. Yet they seem to blame the equipment and crew of My Song and seem to imply that they themselves are not at fault. Curious to make quite a strong statement so soon.
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    My Song fell off a cargo?!

    Statement from Peters & May: Yacht transporters Peters and May has confirmed that an investigation in now underway following the loss of the Baltic 130 MY SONG, which fell from the deck of the transporter MV Brattinsborg on 25 May. Attempts to salvage the Baltic 130 are ongoing. Statement by CEO David Holley in reference to MY SONG loss This press release is in response to the ongoing media speculation in reference to the loss of sailing yacht MY SONG in the Mediterranean. We would not normally comment on cargo incidents but given the high-profile nature of this yacht and the media interest we feel that we need to formally give some clarification. There are several individuals passing judgement on what may or may not have happened and we will attempt to offer some clarity, albeit at an early stage of the investigation. Our reputation is second to none and we will not have it tarnished by unqualified individuals passing judgement without facts in hand. I will add that I am disappointed that confidential photographs were leaked to the media. We were informed of the loss of a yacht from the deck of the MV Brattinsborg at approximately 0400hr LT on 26th May 2019. The yacht is sailing yacht MY SONG. Upon receipt of the news Peters & May instructed the captain of the MV Brattinsborg to attempt salvage whilst 3rd party salvors were appointed. The vessel maintained visual contact with MY SONG until the air and sea search was initiated. As of 0900hr BST on 28th May 2019 the salvage attempts are still ongoing. To ensure the safety of the remaining yachts, Peters & May have instructed the carrying vessel to continue her planned voyage to Genoa. No other yachts have been affected by this incident. A full investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched, however the primary assessment is that the yacht’s cradle (owned and provided by the yacht, warrantied by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht’s crew) collapsed during the voyage from Palma to Genoa and subsequently resulted in the loss of MY SONG overboard. I will add that this is the initial assessment and is subject to confirmation in due course. As a leading yacht transporter for the past 40 years we take great pride in what we do and go above and beyond all standard operating procedures to ensure safe transit of all yachts carried by us. We have procedures in place to respond to this kind of incident, although we hope that they are never required. This incident is more than regrettable, however the transport of yachts on cargo vessels continues to be one of the safest and most cost-effective solutions when carried out by a reputable company such as Peters & May. More information will be made available in due course but in the meantime, I request that everyone respects the sensitivity of this issue to all parties concerned. If this statement is published it should be published in full and any questions directed to press@petersandmay.com. Source: Yachting Monthly Facebook page
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    My Song fell off a cargo?!

    Some more photos here: https://www.pressmare.it/it/comunicazione/press-mare/2019-05-27/pigi-loro-piana-perde-my-song-baltic-130-cade-cargo-20855
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Tapio’s barnacles... https://www.facebook.com/423528171453334/posts/641700206302795?s=100000126321496&sfns=mo
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    New imoca boats

    2nd to 5th separated by 6 mins 25 seconds! After 2000nm and 7+ days.
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    New imoca boats

    With <200nm to go Maxime Sorel is ~35nm from the leader in a non-foiler. "Refined" is definitely right!
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    New imoca boats

    Maxime Sorel keeping up with the foilers
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    New imoca boats

    And the "1000" threw me off as it's a 2000nm race...