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May 12

Alex Thomson Racing Hugo Boss

Monaco 43º44’11″N 7º25’59″WE

Photo assignment for Alex Thomson Racing/Hugo Boss

After an intensive refit period Thomson also revealed his plans for two gruelling Transatlantic Record attempts as he starts the final countdown to the ultimate offshore race, the Vendée Globe.
Confirming that the Farr designed yacht, purchased in 2011, will be used for the 24,000 mile race, following successful performances during the Transat Jacques Vabre and B2B race in 2011, Thomson showed the impressive new chrome-effect which has been applied during its recent refit.
Thomson revealed that over the coming six months he will be completing over 12,000 training miles on board HUGO BOSS including two single-handed transatlantic record attempts.
“With just six months to go until the start of the Vendée Globe we are really in countdown mode and the focus for me is to spend as much time as possible on-board in training and under race-conditions,” said Thomson. “I’m really happy with the modifications we’ve made to the boat and after the success of the Transat Jacques Vabre and B2B races at the end of last year I’m really itching to get racing again.”
Key events in the lead up to the Vendee Globe:
June – Cadiz to San Salvador (Transatlantic record attempt)
July – New York to UK (Transatlantic record attempt)
August – Cowes Week
November – Vendée Globe
Stewart Hosford, Managing Director of Alex Thomson Racing comments: “We have an exciting year ahead of us and we are looking strong. Our preparation has been great and we are exceptionally committed to the programme for the next 6 months. Alex has been at a fitness training camp and is in very good shape and is extremely focussed on the Vendée Globe in November.

Alex Thomson Racing

Mar 12

Marseille Marathon 2012

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º17’04″N 5º20’59″E

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever!”

The fourth Marseille Marathon under the sign of festivity and popularity since its first edition, with a new event this year the Marseille Marathon Ladies.

Feb 12

ER Service, Edmond Garcin Hospital

Aubagne, France 47º17’42″N 5º33’87″E

Stylish modern architecture designed by Pascal Marret in the unlikely setting of the emergency room of Edmond Garcin Hospital in Aubagne, France. His linear technical lines and tasteful use of color provide this clinical sanitary environment with character and function. This Emergency Room is an interesting futuristic design oasis amidst the walls of this otherwise traditional facility.

Words: Fred Eagle

Jan 12


Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France 43º17’21″N 5º21’79″E

 Perched on rocks by the Mediterranean, with the Chateau d’If on view.

Jan 12

Harken Banque Populaire V


Jan 12

Jules Verne Record.

Brest, Brittany, France 48º21’07″N 4º29’26″W

Published in Yachting World March issue.

Banque Populaire V New Jules Verne Trophy record 45 Days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 secondes.
BRAVO Banque Populaire Sailing Team!!!!

Dec 11

Costa Rica

9°44'60"N 82°49'52"W


The first European explorer to encounter Costa Rica was the Great Navigator himself, Christopher Columbus. The day was September 18, 1502, and Columbus was making his fourth and final voyage to the New World. As he was setting anchor off shore, a crowd of local Carib Indians paddled out in canoes and greeted his crew warmly. Later, the golden bands that the region’s inhabitants wore in their noses and ears would inspire the Spaniard Gil Gonzalez Davila to name the country Costa Rica, or Rich Coast.

Dec 11

Orange II

Vannes, Brittany, France 47°38'56"N 2°45'39.78"W

Fade to Orange
Orange 2 was a battlewagon of a solution to the Jules Verne problem that turned out to be the right tool for a 50-day job in 2005, but the way the trimarans Groupama 3 and then BP5 shattered just about every record that Bruno Peyron’s big cat took brings up an obvious question: Will we ever see a new record-breaking maxi cat again? This study in geometry comes from earlier this year at the Multiplast yard in Vannes, Brittany.
Words: Alan Block

Nov 11

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss Arrival

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 9º59’87″N 83º0184″W

At 23h20 GMT on 18th November 2011, British sailor Alex Thomson and his Spanish co-skipper Guillermo Altadill, on-board HUGO BOSS, crossed the finish line of the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre in 2nd place. Alex’s reaction was one of visible pride at their achievement: ‘I’m ecstatic to have finished the race; it has been a tough 4 years.’

Aug 11

Maxi Banque Populaire V Onboard

English Channel - La Manche 49°09'87"N 5°15'74"W