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Olympian Graham Bell Joins Alex Thomson at HUGO BOSS Yacht for the Fastnet Race

HUGO BOSS with HB-136 Spinnaker

HUGO BOSS with HB-136 Spinnaker

LONDON, Aug 10, 2009 / FW/ — Graham Bell, former Olympic skier and adventurer set sail with Alex Thomson, Skipper of HUGO BOSS at 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the world’s most challenging sailing races that was launched yesterday.

Graham Bell, a total novice at sailing, undertook a sea survival course ahead of the race and will sail alongside record breaking sailor Alex Thomson, youngest ever skipper to win an around the world race.

They will be joined by a host of talent onboard the newly re-fitted Open 60 HUGO BOSS for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, including Sir Keith Mills (Head of the British America’s Cup campaign Team Origin and founder of the Air Miles International Group).

Also stepping onboard for the race will be Rob Greenhalgh, twice veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race and recently crowned Skiff World Champion, Andrew Cape completed his sixth lap of the planet alongside Rob onboard PUMA Ocean Racing, and the man who will be preparing the boat for the Fastnet Race, HUGO BOSS boat captain Ross Daniel.

As a celebration of the continued partnership with Alex Thomson, BOSS watches has ensured that the new HB-229 mirrors key features on the yacht, designed by Alex himself.

Boasting a quartz chronograph movement on carbon fibre dial, the watch features orange accents and also luminescent hands for a high contrast, practical display. Each member of crew aboard HUGO BOSS will be presented with a new HB-229 that they will put through its paces during the race.