About

 

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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 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.

MISSION

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

REPResentative

  • 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
  • Manage the communication of IMOCA-licensed events

TEAM

 

ANTOINE MERMOD

PRESIDENT

LOUIS VIAT


CHIEF OPERATIONS

louis.viat@imoca.org

RENE BOULAIRE


JAUGE & RÈGLES

chief.measurer@imoca.org

 

JULIA HUVÉ


COMMUNICATION

julia.huve@imoca.org

 

IMOGEN DINHAM-PRICE

Sustainability
imogen.dinhamprice@imoca.org

MARINE LE TEXIER

ADMINISTRATION
contact@imoca.org


BOARD

Antoine MERMOD, president
Jérémie BEYOU
Arnaud BOISSIERES
Louis BURTON
Kevin ESCOFFIER
Charles EUVERTE, treasurer
Boris HERRMANN
Paul MEILHAT

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Antoine MERMOD, president
René BOULAIRE
Laurent BOURGUÈS
Joff BROWN
Antoine CARRAZ
Pierre-François DARGNIES
Alex THOMSON
Thomas GAVERIAUX
Luc GELLUSSEAU
Anne-Claire LE BERRE
Stéphane LE DIRAISON
Quentin LUCET
Sam MANUARD
Clément RIVE

SPORT COMMITTEE

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

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITEE

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