Yes you are right, very little information about it. It seems that Hugo Boss is racing but Alex Thomson has been substituted by Wouter, a Dutch sailor.
"For Wouter Verbraak (NED) and Andy Meiklejohn (NZL), the pairing drafted together on Hugo Boss by the sudden surgery required to skipper Alex Thomson (GBR) at 48 hours before the start, it has not so much been a baptism of fire as some tortuously slow hours in the kind of conditions which do rank as the Achilles heel for the fleet’s heaviest most powerful IMOCA 60."
Wouter Verbraak (NED), Hugo Boss: “I’m really relieved that the struggle of the last few days is behind us and we can now focus on the race, but it’s a day of mixed feelings. Like every start you’re excited to go, but it’s hard to say good-bye to the family. So Alex, if you’re listening get better!
“We’ll do our very, very best, the boat is very well prepared, the team is very good, and I’m impressed with the level of preparation.”
“This is a race about keeping the boat together. So we’ve focused a lot on going through systems, going through manoevures with Andy, talking about philosophy. But the good thing is I’ve known Andy for a long time, both personally and in racing, and we’re on the same page. We’ve raced together in the Volvo Ocean Race and several Maxi programmes, so we go way back. It’s all about trust and partnership, and we have complimentary skills.”
A small majority for Président as they pass Cabo de la Nao - News - Barcelona World Race
Le Cam is first, Desjoyneaux is second, very close and the distance between the leader and the 8th is only 8nm. Hugo Boss has already lost 40nm, but they don't know the boat and are happy with the weak winds, just for learning the boat ropes
After all there are an American racing, Ryan Breymaier, racing on Neutragena.
And Also a Newzealander, Andy Meiklejohn on Hugo Boss and he has a big track record:
Round the world regattas:
Volvo Ocean Race 2004-2005 (3rd) on Brasil 1
Oryx Quest 2004 (1st) on Doha 2006
Rolex Transatlantic 2009 (1st) on Farr 80 Beau Geste
Norbank Transatlantic (2nd) on Outsider
Other long-distance racing:
Sydney Hobart 2007 (1st) on Rosebud
He has experience in a lot of boats, including Volvo's but none on Open 60's nor solo or duo racing. It is going to be interesting to see how he performs. His partner, wouter, also has not experience as a solo or duo sailor. He is a team player. It is going to be a hard time for these two, before they learn how to sail a powerful Open 60, many times solo (while the other is asleep). As I have said, they have already lost 40nm. Let us see how much time they need to perform as well as the best. Not an easy task
I cannot put to work the router to follow the race. Have you?