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Founded in
1991 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 theIMOCA 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 IMOCA Champion(s). Before each Vendée Globe, the skipper with the most points accumulated over the year will be crowned IMOCA Champion and the great favorite for the solo round the world race.



  • 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.


  • 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
  • Manage the communication of IMOCA-licensed events




Antoine MERMOD, IMOCA president
Jérémie BEYOU, skipper Charal
Arnaud BOISSIERES, skipper La Mie Caline
Louis BURTON, skipper Bureau Vallée
Kevin ESCOFFIER, skipper PRB
Boris HERRMANN, skipper Team Mailiza
Clarisse Crémer, skipper Banque Populaire
Greg Evrad, Team manager CORUM L'Epargne


Antoine MERMOD, IMOCA president
René BOULAIRE, IMOCA chief measurer
Noémie PROVOST, technical coordination at IMOCA
Luc GELLUSSEAU, IMOCA rules adviser
Quentin LUCET,  VPLP
Pierre-François DARGNIES, design team CHARAL
Anne-Claire LE BERRE, design team Initiatives-coeur


Hubert LEMONNIER, operations at IMOCA et sport committee coordinator
Louis BURTON, skipper Buréau Vallée
Jérémie BEYOU, skipper Charal
Francis LEGOFF, races director
Christophe GAUMONT, FFV
Romain ATTANASIO, skipper PURE-Best Western
Arnaud BOISSIERES, skipper La Mie Caline-Artisans Artipôle
Fabrice AMEDEO, skipper Nexans-Arts & Fenêtres
Manuel COUSIN, skipper Groupe SETIN
Samantha DAVIES, skipper Initiatives-coeur
Isabelle JOSCHKE, skipper MACSF
Philippe LE GROS, team V and B-Monbana-Mayenne
Thomas RUYANT, skipper LinkedOut
Nicolas TROUSSEL, skipper CORUM L'Épargne