Via Cristian Donoso
After 10 years and 13,000 miles at sea, the original Hugo Boss has been spotted once again.
A couple of weeks ago, during a kayaking expedition along the desolate western coast of Patagonia, the very first Hugo Boss Imoca 60 skipped by Alex Thomson was discovered inside the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. The yacht was lost in 2006 during the 5 Oceans Race nearly 1000 miles south of South Africa. To reach the Chilean coast, Hugo Boss traveled more than 13,000 miles adrift, pushed by the wind and currents across the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Alex Thomson continued to sail several Imoca 60s bearing the Hugo Boss namesake after the loss of the first vessel. Earlier last year, during the Transat Jacques Vabre, the newest boat suffered a breakdown and began taking on water. The crew was rescued and the hull was salvaged shortly after. The boat is currently being repaired and is set to relaunch in a few short weeks in time to train for the upcoming Vendee Globe.
The crew of Alex Thomson racing has reached out to offer their assistance in the salvage of the original vessel.