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 launched the IMOCA Globe Series: its 4-year singlehanded and double-handed race championship, the Vendée Globe being the flagship race of this programme. The IMOCA Globe Series rewards exceptional skippers who race on the most extreme seas aboard some of the most innovative offshore racing monohulls in the world.
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 virtuous system
Organisation of the New York-Vendée (16 June 2020) transatlantic race, which the class owns
Giving sailors a voice with race organisers, national and international bodies and joint service providers.
PROMOTIONal & COMMUNICATION
Communicating about and developing the system as a whole
The IMOCA Globe Series is the result of a shared desire on the part of skippers and race organisers to create a stronger link between the different events. Officially launched in June 2018, the championship comprises eight of the most prestigious singlehanded and double-handed races in the world.
Participation in the Vendée Globe 2020-21 is the culmination of this cycle, which spans 4 years and takes the sailors from the North Atlantic to the confines of the South Pacific. At the end of the singlehnaded round the world race, the title of IMOCA World Champion is awarded to the sailor who has racked up the greatest number of points over the period in question.
Also serving as a means to qualify for the Vendée Globe 2020-21, the official events of the championship enable the skippers to amass precious miles, in race format, and integrate the list of skippers who will take the race start in Les Sables d'Olonne on 8 November 2020.
Vendée Globe(start 8 November 2020, finish January 2021): singlehanded race, coefficient 10
In each event, the skippers score a certain number of points according to their ranking, the number of participants and a coefficient peculiar to each event, for example: if 10 boats take the start of a coefficient 4 race, the first finisher scores 10 x 4 = 40 points, the 2nd scores 9 x 4 = 36 points, etc.
Discover the ranking for the IMOCA Globe Series and all the events, click here
Discover the original cartography enabling you to replay every official race in the championship, click here
The Vendée Globe is the flagship race of the IMOCA Globe Series programme. The famous non-stop, unassisted, singlehanded round the world race, transcended its status as solely a sports event from its very first edition back in 1989. This quite unique human adventure has secured a very special place in the heart of the public who every four years follow this breathtaking epic, which crowns the achievements of great sailors. The 9th edition will set sail on 8 November 2020 from the iconic port of Les Sables d'Olonne in France’s Vendée region.
Thirty or so sailors will line up on the big day aboard ever more innovative monohulls, the majority of them equipped with foils, and eight latest generation boats have been built for this edition. The fleet is also shaping up to be one of the most international so far and might well set a new standard for gender diversity with five female sailors preparing for this legendary meeting the mixing of the sexes.
For further information about the holy grail of solo sailors, click here
THE OCEAN RACE
Since 2018, there is finally a strong and lasting link between the Vendée Globe and The Ocean Race (ex-Volvo Ocean Race) enabling the two greatest offshore racing events on the planet to be reconciled.
Central to this revolution and thanks to a partnership signed between the race and the class, the IMOCA monohullls will now be able to participate not just in the Vendée Globe but also in the most intense and more renowned crewed maritime marathon in the world: The Ocean Race.
The next start of this crewed round the world race with stopovers is scheduled for October 2021 from Alicante in Spain. The race will be unveiled over the course of the summer 2019, traversing three oceans, rounding the three great capes and making stopovers in five continents.
For the class, its sailors and their partners, this agreement is an opportunity to build up its programme of singlehanded and/or crewed race, favouring visibility in new markets, which hadn’t necessarily been reached by IMOCA thus far, including Africa, Asia and Oceania.
It’s also a natural rapprochement between two events with an extensive historic heritage, whose protagonists over time have often switched from the Vendée Globe to the Whitbread initially, then the Volvo Ocean Race and now The Ocean Race, be they sailors, engineers, meteorologists, technicians and so on. Now these two worlds have become one and the momentum that has gathered over several months is particularly enthusiastic.
For further information about the legendary crewed round the world race, click here
IMOCA annual general meeting: a thriving class with a sustainable future
The IMOCA class annual general meeting was held in Lorient on Tuesday 16th April in the presence of the skippers and their representatives. Time for a summary of what went on during the afternoon.
The IMOCA class has never experienced such enthusiasm and as 2019 gets underway, it looks like being a very exciting year. At least six new generation IMOCAs will be launched in 2019 and more than thirty boats will be ra…