Alex Thomson Racing has announced that the British skipper will be taking part in his 11th Fastnet Race in August aboard Hugo Boss

Alex Thomson has confirmed he will begin his 2021 racing season with the Fastnet Race.

This week the team’s IMOCA 60, HUGO BOSS was back in the water after months of servicing and repairs.

HUGO BOSS being craned back into the water in Gosport

Two new rudders have been installed. Credit: Alex Thomson Racing

The British skipper was forced to retire from the 2020 Vendée Globe after a UFO hit HUGO BOSS, causing damage to the starboard rudder.

He had hoped to better his second place in the 2016 round the world yacht race.

Thomson managed to stabilise the boat before sailing the yacht to Cape Town, where the IMOCA 60’s starboard rudder was replaced.

Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS

Alex Thomson’s HUGO BOSS took 80,000 hours to design and build. Photo: Alex Thomson Racing

He and three crew members sailed HUGO BOSS back to the team’s home base at Gosport in February.

‘The boat has had a full inspection, NDT and service, and two new rudders installed,’ said Alex Thomson.

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‘Restrictions here in the UK due to the pandemic have meant that we’ve worked at a steady pace to keep our team safe. Now, with the work complete and restrictions set to ease, we’re looking forward to getting back out there to train again,’ he added.

The 695 mile Fastnet Race will begin on Sunday, 8 August from Cowes, UK with a record 450+ boats – across multiple classes – set to compete.

Alex Thomson Racing's HUGO BOSS

The IMOCA 60 has also been fully serviced. Credit: Alex Thomson Racing

The fleet will sail via the Fastnet Rock off south west Ireland and will finish, for the first time in the race’s 96-year history, in Cherbourg, France.

Sailing onboard HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson – joined for the double-handed race by a co-skipper yet to be decided by his team – will aim to better his previous second place finish in the race.

HUGO BOSS from the air - Alex Thomson will be racing in the Fastnet Race

Work on HUGO BOSS took months, partly due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Credit: Alex Thomson Racing

‘This will be my 11th Fastnet, I believe, so we’ve got a lot of experience in this race. I’m really looking forward to sailing the new course and finishing in Cherbourg. I think it adds a new tactical dimension to the race,’ said Thomson.

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