On the final strait towards the start of the Barcelona World Race the teams are ticking off different phases of preparation. One of these is an essential part of promoting the team: the photo shoot with the skippers aboard their yachts, the incredible IMOCA 60s. The Neutrogena team have added a splash of creativity with portraits of Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz emulating the “keel walk” made famous by Alex Thomson.
Stewart Hosford runs one of the biggest and most prominent IMOCA race teams through the 5 Degrees West company, which in this instance look after Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss and Neutrogena, the Farr design which took third in the Vendée Globe in the hands of Alex Thomson. Hosford joined Alex Thomson just before their slightly turbulent start to the last Barcelona World Race. As well as expanding and optimising their commercial interests, he was instrumental in the changes which massively improved reliability, ensuring that Alex brought an older, but well proven IMOCA 60 on to the Vendée Globe podium, thereby producing a much needed race result just on time. Hugo Boss have committed to Alex for the foreseeable future, ensuring that he now has a new Hugo Boss – a VPLP-Verdier design – in build.
Three Barcelona World Race IMOCA 60s have passed the Equator early this morning with just two hours and thirty minutes separating them.Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes, crossed at 0150hrs UTC this Monday morning. At 0300hrs UTC – about 40 miles further west – Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz crossed.
Hugo Boss is making around 6 knots under engine heading towards Salvador de Bahia, Brazil and has covered 60 miles since they started heading for landfall at about 2230hrs last night. Alex Thomson has spoken with the BBC.