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Thomson & McDonald Look for Port of Refuge After Damage to Hugo Boss

3rd November 2019
The keel of Hugo Boss (above) is attached only by the hydraulic ram after the 60-footer hit something in the water whilst travelling at around 25 knots this morning The keel of Hugo Boss (above) is attached only by the hydraulic ram after the 60-footer hit something in the water whilst travelling at around 25 knots this morning Photo: Hugo Boss

Transat Jacques Vabre competitors Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are working on the safest place to navigate their damaged 60ft monohull, Hugo Boss, after announcing their withdrawal from the 14th edition of the offshore race.

As Afloat reported earlier, the British duo informed the TJV race office that they were withdrawing from the race with the keel of their brand new 60ft monohull attached only by the hydraulic ram after hitting something in the water whilst travelling at around 25 knots at 09:57 UTC.

Hugo Boss had completed just over a third of the 4,350-mile course of this biennial double-handed race to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil - the longest and toughest in the sailing calendar. It will be little comfort to Thomson that his situation would appear to be a lot better than when he was helicoptered to safety after capsizing his previous boat in 2015.

"Hugo Boss had completed just over a third of the 4,350-mile course"

Both skippers were working with their technical team on the best destination. The newly-launched and much admired Hugo Boss is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 420 miles southwest from Madeira and 380 miles northwest of the Canary Islands.

Hugo Boss positionHugo Boss is about 420 miles southwest from Madeira and 380 miles northwest of the Canary Islands

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