Carrington to build IMOCA 60 race boat

Jason and Alex Jason Carrington (left) and Alex Thomson. Credit: Alex Thomson Racing

Carrington Boats (C-Boat) will build a new IMOCA 60 race boat for British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing at its new facility in Hythe, Hampshire, ahead of the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe race.

The construction of Hugo Boss represents a multi-million-pound investment by Alex Thomson Racing, together with its long-term partner designer Hugo Boss, as it aims to make history by becoming the first British team ever to win the Vendée Globe, a solo, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.

“There are many things to consider with the design and build of an IMOCA race boat," said Ross Daniel, technical director at Alex Thomson Racing. "Weight is a huge factor but so too is reliability. Speed is of course of paramount importance but, on the other hand, the boat cannot be beyond the capabilities of the skipper, therefore usability is also crucial.

“So this process is about balance, and ensuring that all of those various factors are constantly being considered and evaluated. If we do that successfully, I firmly believe that we will deliver the very best boat in the fleet.”

Having achieved third and second place finishes in the previous two editions of Vendée Globe, Alex and his team will work with C-Boat, headed up by director Jason Carrington, alongside naval architectural firm VPLP, to build the vessel, due to replace the team’s current IMOCA 60 and be launched in June 2019.

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