Having these solutions onboard will significantly enhance the communications capabilities of the IMOCA boats around the world.

Under the partnership agreement signed with the IMOCA class, Thales VesseLINK™ on Iridium Certus will be installed on all IMOCA vessels to enable connectivity for skippers anytime, anywhere.

Before approving this partnership, testing was successfully carried out on five IMOCAs: Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson), Arkea-Paprec (Sébastien Simon), Initiatives-Cœur (Sam Davies), Malizia II-Yacht Club de Monaco (Boris Herrmann) and Groupe Apicil (Damien Seguin).

All of the boats taking part in the races in the Globe Series will be fitted out with Thales VesseLINK and Iridium Certus products through the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe.

The partnership therefore concerns five races: the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre, the 2020 Transat and New York-Vendée and the 2020-21Vendée Globe.