Hugo Boss is a Barcelona World Race classic; the only team to take part in all three editions of the double-handed, non-stop, round the world challenge. However, the team's key skipper, Alex Thomson was unable to take the start of the last edition of the race himself, at the last minute, due to appendicitis. The Briton had planned to join the race after his recovery but was forced to hand over the helm when his newborn son was diagnosed with a heart problem.
Alex is back in the race and this time his partner for the oceanic adventure is Spaniard Pepe Ribes, one of Spain's most experienced offshore sailors. The sailor from Alicante has taken part in four Volvo Ocean Races and finished the Barcelona World Race 2010/11 in fourth place on Estrella Damm with Alex Pella. He also holds the New York-Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record with Alex Pella and Stan Schreyer.
Alex is entering this Barcelona World Race in the wake of a brilliant third place finish in the Vendée Globe 2012/13. The British sailor, who was the youngest ever winner of the round the world Clipper Race at 25 years old, took to the podium of the Barcelona World Race 2007/08 alongside Andrew Cape. He has also achieved a number of sailing records.
This new pairing is a clear favourite for a place among the frontrunners in this edition of the double-handed, non-stop, round the world challenge.
The Hugo Boss Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes are taking to the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 is the former Virbac Paprec 3, winner of the previous edition of the race and a boat which stands out from the rest in terms of technical innovation. With Jean-Pierre Dick at the helm the boat finished in fourth place in the Vendée Globe 2012/13, despite sailing without a keel for 2,650 miles. Alex Thomson Racing purchased the boat and carried out a comprehensive refit, which included fitting a brand new keel. The IMOCA 60 was back on the water in April 2014 but en route to America for its first race, the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race, the yacht dismasted. However, following repairs the new Hugo Boss sealed a victory in the event, her first, with Pepe Ribes and Ryan Breymaier (in place of Alex, whose second child was due to be born) on board.