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SP Collaborates with Hugo Boss Team to Produce Next Generation Open 60

  • Monday, 23rd July 2007
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Following a year of anticipation and closely guarded technical data, the new Open 60 Hugo Boss has taken to the water.

SP, the marine business division of Gurit AG, has supplied a range of composite materials and an extensive engineering package to this vessel, which was constructed in a female mould using SP’s SE70 prepreg. SP say that the product’s low cure characteristics reduce thermal movement during the cure cycle and therefore prevent distortion of the structure’s shape. By remaining true to the boat’s original geometry and design no filling or fairing was necessary and Hugo Boss has an almost flawless surface. According to SP, the result is one of the lightest Open 60 structures ever built which is sure to perform excellently on the race course.

SP was part of a team including French architects Finot-Conq, Jason Carrington as Project Manager and Neville Hutton as Boat Builder. Finot-Conq was responsible for the designs of the last four Vendee Globe winners.

Hugo Boss will be skippered by Alex Thomson in the forthcoming Fastnet Race 2007 and later this year in the Barcelona World Race. Alex has won various high profile races during his career and holds the 24 hour solo monohull world speed record and will compete in the Vendée Globe in 2008.

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