Founded in1991 and recognised by World Sailing (International Sailing Federation) since 1998, the ‘International Monohull Open Class Association’ manages the class of 60-foot (18.28 metres) Open monohulls. IMOCA defines the rules guaranteeing sporting equity by developing the innovation and safety of the boats.
The aim of the class is to develop the fleet of monohulls and offer its skippers an attractive and coherent sports programme. It contributes to the internationalisation of offshore racing and combines the notions of competition, innovation, human adventure and safety on a day-to-day basis.
Central to IMOCA’s concerns as it evolves is how to constantly respect the environment better. Renewable energies are not merely viewed as a resource, but also a key element in terms of performance.
In 2018, the Class inaugurated the IMOCA Globe Series: its four-year championship now including the two 'star' round-the-world races, the Vendée Globe and The Ocean Race. The races are part of the skippers' qualification for the Vendée Globe. At the end of each season, the skipper or duo with the most points is crowned annual champion(s). After each Vendée Globe, the skipper with the most points accumulated over the four years of racing is crowned IMOCA Grand Champion!
TECHNICAL & SPORT
Definition and arbitration of the IMOCA measurement rules
Cooperation with Race Managements for drafting Notice of Race documents
Any action is carried out with a view to the safety of sailors and their boat as well as for equity in sport
STRATegic & event-driven
Management of the race schedule and the IMOCA Globe Series championship
Definition of a long-term vision for the Class and its sailors
Stimulation of all its various protagonists to build an ever more collective and virtuoussystem
Organisation of the New York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne transatlantic race every four years, which the Class owns
Creation in 2020 of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne race
Giving sailors a voice with race organisers, national and international bodies and joint service providers.
PROMOTIONal & COMMUNICATION
Developing IMOCA's voice and image through a strong and inspiring identity
Communicate and promote the Class: its skippers, its boats, its races and the commitments made for an ever more sustainable performance.
Bringing IMOCA outside of France
Pooling communication tools and operations
Animate the community of sponsors and increase the commercial offer of the Class
Antoine MERMOD, president Jérémie BEYOU Arnaud BOISSIERES Louis BURTON Kevin ESCOFFIER Charles EUVERTE, treasurer Boris HERRMANN Paul MEILHAT
Antoine MERMOD, president René BOULAIRE Laurent BOURGUÈS Joff BROWN Antoine CARRAZ Pierre-François DARGNIES Alex THOMSON Luc GELLUSSEAU Anne-Claire LE BERRE Stéphane LE DIRAISON Quentin LUCET Sam MANUARD Clément RIVE
Paul MEILHAT, président Romain ATTANASIO Arnaud BOISSIERES Jacques CARAES Manuel COUSIN Samantha DAVIES Isabelle JOSCHKE Christophe GAUMONT (FFV) Philippe LE GROS Thomas RUYANT
CLASS RULES COMMITTEE
Daniel ANDRIEU Simon FORBES Philippe PALLU DE LA BARRIERE
Elie CANIVENC Kellie COVINGTON Imogen DINHAM-PRICE Yann DOLLO Benjamin DUTREUX Damian FOXALL Sébastien GUEHO Julia HUVÉ Madeleine MARCHANT Paul MEILHAT Amy MUNROE Katia MERLE Yann PENFORNIS Marion PENNANEAC’H Vincent RIOU
The IMOCA general meeting has chosen the way forward with a full race programme for the 2021-2025 cy…
The IMOCA Class meeting marking the end of the summer holidays was held on Thursday 27th August using virtual technology. This meeting enabled the members of the Class to carry out an early appraisal of what has happened…