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New boat for Hugo Boss

As Alex Thomson stands down from the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race

Tuesday April 15th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Alex Thomson Racing and sponsor Hugo Boss are pleased to announce that their new boat is complete.

Formerly Jean-Pierre Dick's Virbac Paprec 3, this boat has an impressive history which includes placing fourth in the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe after losing its keel, first in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race, second in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet, and first in the 2010 Transat Jacques Vabre.

ATR acquired Virbac Paprec 3 for Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes to compete in the upcoming 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race. The team has spent some time refitting and modifying the boat to include a new keel and Hugo Boss branding. The boat is simply known as Hugo Boss and the ATR team look forward to taking the vastly improved speed machine out on the open ocean from Gosport, UK to Rhode Island, USA next week in preparation for the Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race.

The new boat is set to depart Gosport fon 22 April to Newport, Rhode Island where the New York to Barcelona Race starts on 1 June.

This will be the first event run by Sir Keith Mills’ Lausanne-based Open Sports Management, commercial rights holder to the IMOCA class and will be supported by the Fundacio per la Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB) and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV).

New crew for Hugo Boss

For the Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race, Hugo Boss will be sailed by Pepe Ribes and American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier, following the announcement that Alex Thomson will be unable to take part in the race due to his wife’s pregnancy and conflicting due date.

Thomson said: “This is a bittersweet situation for me; although I am disappointed that I cannot take part in the NY-BCN, I am thrilled that we will be having our second child. I had committed to competing before the official race date had been announced but it turns out that my wife’s due date will conflict and my family must come first, so, as to disrupt the team as little as possible, a replacement co-skipper had to be found. We searched long and hard but found Ryan Breymaier, who will now accompany Pepe Ribes as co-skipper.”

Thomson will be with the boat for its delivery to Newport and up until its departure to Barcelona.

ATR’s new American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier will now complete the NY-BCN alongside Pepe Ribes and is excited about having the opportunity. Breymaier said: “I feel so fortunate to have been selected by Pepe, Alex and the rest of the team to take part in this race. I feel honoured to be the only American participant and plan to make both my country and teammates very proud.”

Finding the right co-skipper to accompany Pepe was a challenge and Stewart Hosford, Managing Director of 5 West and ATR commented: “This was not an easy task; finding a compatible co-skipper that has the skill, personality and mind-set to match the rest of the team is quite a challenge. That said, we have selected Ryan, are confident in his ability, and look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

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