Offshore racing is a sport that compromises with the elements and upon oceansthat represent a precious and threatened playground. Professionals of the sea are the first witnesses of the global impact of mankind on this fragile environment.
Although propelled by the wind, sailing yachts such as IMOCA monohulls have a significant environmental impact linked to their construction, the organisation of events in which they participate and the management of their end-of-life. It is one thing to note this, but it is now time to take action.
The purpose of the IMOCA and its members' approach is to act with both humility and determination in order to minimize our impact within our industry and to broadcast cautionary and positive messages to our global audience.
The objective is to put together an extensive programme, proposing practical and achievable actions and involving as many protagonists as possible, beyond the ocean racing environment.
We hope that skippers, teams, suppliers, events and partners can take ownership of some of the proposed actions and that everyone can become an ambassador for the programme.
FOUR AREAS OF WORK
Events are key moments to share our messages and convey an image that respects our environment, in particular by helping to design responsible race villages.
The IMOCA Class is a think tank geared towards limiting the global footprint of the sector with the aim of designing boats that do not use fossil fuels and integrating bio-composite materials by 2024.
Use all the possible means of communication to broaden the spectrum of awareness and inspire as many people as possible to take action to protect our environment.
Both skippers and events can contribute to the preservation and understanding of the oceans by collecting data and exchanging observations with marine experts.
To reverse the trend by 2030, the United Nations has established an agenda, illustrated by 17 Sustainable Development Goals corresponding to universal objectives. The latter provide a common basis that allows organisations adopting a sustainable development approach to illustrate their objectives and ambitions with the same references.
Our programme proposes actions in four areas varying long-term objectives and deadlines stretching through to the Vendée Globe 2024. We have decided to integrate these objectives into our approach and make sure our programme is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, by selecting the objectives that correspond with our actions.
A COLLABORATIVE MOVEMENT
The IMOCA Class and its members are already working on inter-team pooling.
Hare are some examples of various actions already launched:
Global pooling of human and material resources for local teams in South Brittany. This involves both the transport of ribs at the start of the races.
The IMOCA Class has launched a study with AUDELOR to optimise waste management on the submarine base and then reuse them later.
Participation in the No Plastic Challenge, with No Plastic in My Sea, partner to Stéphane Le Diraison and the French Sailing Federation (FFV).
Pontoons without plastic water bottles? The IMOCA class has distributed stainless steel water bottles to IMOCA skippers and teams in order to raise awareness of the need to reduce the use of single-use plastic!
Signing of the "Sports for Climate Change" etter of comitment, which brings together sports institutions and organisations taking action to limit the impact of their activities.
Establishment of a specialised commission on the integration of bio-composites in the next Measurement Rule in 2021, with IRMA (UBS) and KAIROS. This will require the implementation of a global impact assessment, with the life cycle analysis of an IMOCA.
Work with race organisers on the implementation of actions.
It is essential to move forward hand in hand with other institutions and federations in order to build a long-term programme that takes in-depth action. In this way, the IMOCA Class supports and relays the actions of World Sailing and the French Sailing Federation.
100% clean energy boats? This is the objective of the IMOCA class teams for the coming years. To pursue innovations in order to complete a world tour by producing its own energy. This might make it possible to make a contribution to a global problem.
The IMOCA class signs up to the NO PLASTIC CHALLENGE
The second edition of the No Plastic Challenge will start tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd May). Led by the skipper, Stéphane Le Diraison, the IMOCA class calls for everyone to support the No Plastic Challenge...