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Official partner

Iridium is a satellite communications company that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. Powered by a unique constellation of 66 cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the Iridium® network enables global connections between people, organisations and assets, in real time.


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. Having these solutions onboard will significantly enhance the communications capabilities of the IMOCA boats around the world.
Azimut communication, a company based in Brittany (Lorient , France), specialised in the area of IT and communication.
Founded in 1984, Bermuda designs quality clothing that draws its legitimacy and inspiration from the nautical world. From the Brittany coast where we are based, we perpetuate this know-how acquired in protective clothing, based on our strong values: quality, innovation, performance, are all commitments that we share with the IMOCA Class.
Since its creation in 2006, Virtual Regatta games have been a great success. They allow everyone to compete with the physical world's regatta sailors, as well as with enthusiasts, everywhere on earth.
For more than 20 years, Tours Events has been developing its skills in the management of air and road transport and transfers, as well as in the management of accommodation and receptions for major sporting events.
Plastimo is the partner of prestigious racers, demanding boat builders and safety conscious yachtsmen.

Sustainability partners

IOC-UNESCO is the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services. This organization allows its 149 member states to work together to protect the health of our shared ocean.
OceanOPS is the International Center of Excellence for Coordination and Monitoring of Meteo-Oceanographic Observing Systems that are part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
MaineShift360 is delivering a marine industry life cycle assessment (LCA) tool that facilitates smart choices within design and manufacturing processes
UN Climate Change is inviting sports organisations and their stakeholders to join a collective climate action movement for sport. This initiative aims to support and guide sport stakeholders in achieving global climate change goals.
Recognized worldwide as one of the leading institutes in marine science and technology, Ifremer is committed to sustainable development and open science.
Established by the sailors of the successful campaign of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, The Magenta Project is a collective of passionate people committed to developing pathways and generating opportunities for more equity and inclusion in sailing, leading with gender.

Technical suppliers

Tolrip, based in Brussels and managed by Mr. René Pirlot is specialised in risk management and insurance.
The company based in Lorient is a leader in the manufacture of carbon masts for offshore racing and has now been fully entrusted with the preparation of our boats.
Created in 1985, HYDROEM is specialised in the design and construction of hydraulic installations. In 1993, the company positioned itself in the competitive sailing sector. In 2000, Michel DESJOYEAUX won the Vendée Globe on PRB, which was equipped with HYDROEM tilting keel cylinders.
In 2004, out of 20 boats starting the round the world race alone and without assistance, 6 of them were already equipped by HYDROEM. At the end, Vincent RIOU on PRB and Jean LE CAM on BONDUELLE, both equipped with HYDROEM finished on the top 2 steps of the podium.

Since then, its involvement in the various teams has grown steadily and in 2014 IMOCA retained the company as the exclusive supplier of its standardised hydraulic assemblies.

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AMPM brings together competent teams and high-performance industrial resources to respond precisely and quickly to its customers’ mechanical needs, across every sector, even the most complex.
Designer of two standardized parts of the IMOCA Class (keel and mast designed in 2013-14 for the Vendée Globe 2016) which are installed on all new boats.


The Vendée Globe is a solo round-the-world race, passing through the three capes, without any stopovers or assistance, and is the grail for solo sailors. Starting every four years in Les Sables d'Olonne, the tenth edition of this reference race will set off on 10 November 2024, at 13h02.
The Ocean Race is often described as the world's longest and most extreme sporting event. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and then the Volvo Ocean Race until 2018, the famous crewed round the world race is now called The Ocean Race.
Created in 1978, the Route du Rhum is one of the most popular sporting and maritime events. Renowned across France and with an increasingly wide audience internationally, it’s the reference transatlantic race.
Created in June 2020 and organised by the IMOCA Class and See-to-Sea, the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne was intended to replace two major races in the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES Championship, The Transat CIC and the New-York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne, both of which have been cancelled due to the health situation, but which are essential for the qualifications for the 2020 Vendée Globe
The oldest of the singlehanded races, The Transat (formerly OSTAR) was created in 1960 from a bet between a handful of British sailors to find out if they were capable of crossing the Atlantic singlehanded.
Created in 2015 by IMOCA and Open Sports Management, which is in charge of organising the IMOCA circuit races, the New York-Vendée transatlantic race takes the IMOCA fleet from one side of the Atlantic to the other over a 3,100 mile course. For its second edition, which will start in 2024, this transatlantic race will be organised by the SAEM Vendée.
In May 2021, the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe was launched, a race bringing together crews at the helm of IMOCA and VO65 one-designs for a contact race between the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean, over a course of three legs, all scoring the same number of points.
Born from the encounter between the IMOCA Class and the Lorient-based company Azimut, the Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération, an atypical ocean racing event, aims to combine performance, innovation and strategy. Sport at the highest level of competition on the water and a great deal of conviviality on land are the hallmarks of this event, which has been an undeniable success.
Classic, unmissable, popular, packed… there are countless ways to describe the Rolex Fastnet Race. Fast approaching its one hundredth anniversary edition, it has run from Cowes (on the Isle of Wight) to Plymouth since its creation in 1925, which equates to a 605-mile course via the very famous Fastnet Rock.
The Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race is a single-handed race reserved for IMOCA Class monohulls and is part of the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES Championship program (coefficient 2). It was created in 2018 and won by Paul Meilhat that same year.
The idea is to turn the ‘Retour à La Base’ into a singlehanded event that forms part of the IMOCA Globe Series Championship in November 2023, where it will serve as a qualifier for the Vendée Globe 2024-25.


World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Created in 1919, the French Sailing Federation brings together all affiliated sports associations, national associations, profit-making organisations whose objective is the practice of one or more sailing disciplines.