British solo sailor Alex Thomson was back in Irish waters yesterday when he returned to James O'Brien's Cork Harbour Marina for a pit stop on his new IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss yacht.
Looking for all the world like a prop from the latest Batman movie, the new Hugo Boss 'Bat Boat' came out the shed this month after a two year process of design. With a black deck and black hull, this HUGO BOSS is the first ever all black yacht for skipper Thomson.
Pulling into the Irish south coast, Thomson said there were 'small issues with the keel ram'.
The VPLP/Verdier and Alex Thomson Racing Team designed yacht has a honeycomb pattern on the deck, designed by industrial artist Konstantin.
See below for the facebook video of initial keel tests in Gosport, it's worth a look...
HUGO BOSS completes the 180 righting test, this is an important moment before Alex and Guillermo can begin sail testing and training. Alex first needs to prove that the hatch to the stern of the yacht is accessible whilst upside down and that he can right her using the Keel. This is worth a watch, enjoy!#BackToBlack #SailSurviveSucceed #OceanMastersPosted by Alex Thomson Racing on Wednesday, 23 September 2015