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Official Partner

  • Mutuelle Des Sportifs
  • Azimut Communication

Official Suppliers

  • Sea & Co
  • SailingNews.tv


Official Partner


Mutuelle Des Sportifs


MDS is IMOCA’s health partner.

Since 2003, IMOCA has taken out Athletes Private Health Insurance with the MDS Group, whose experience and expertise have enabled a contract to be drawn up that is perfectly suited to the needs of our skippers.

Aware of the risked incurred, IMOCA has always encouraged its skippers to anticipate difficult situations and plan how to manage accidents. Each skipper benefit of a guaranteed capital of 500K€.                                                                           

With IMOCA, the Vendée Globe has been a pioneer in the domain.

The Vendée Globe organisation team has approved this approach and is fully committed to IMOCA. Since 2004, the SAEM Vendée has supported the skippers with regards to their personal insurance.

For this edition 2016 of the Vendée Globe the organizer covering 80% of the insurance premium amount taken out by IMOCA from the Mutuelle des Sportifs. As in 2012, with the support of the MDS, this insurance is offered to all the skippers of the Vendée Globe.

This year, with the support of MDS, this insurance is offered to all the Vendée Globe skippers. 

Mutuelle Des Sportifs

Azimut Communication


Azimut Communication, a Breton company based in Lorient (France), specialises in the area of IT and Communications.
The firm develops software and hardware solutions aimed at all those involved in the communications sector.
Based on the idea that the media are complementary, Azimut offers solutions that bring together all this data (texts, images, audio, video…) enabling them to be broadcast on various media: Internet, interactive terminals, screens, touch screens, Smartphones).

The Azimut software package offers another dimension to communication by combining a number of access points ( TV networks, terminals, cyber space…) and by simplifying the management and optimising the messages.
Azimut looks after the technical and computer infrastructure that is required by such modern digital communications.

Creator of interactive units and multimedia management software designer, Azimut looks after the whole of the communications chain and has been taking care of its customers’ requirements for more than twenty years.





Around 400,000 videos are watched each month on SailingNews.TV. The two main means of broadcast are via the Web Tv www.sailingnews.tv and via podcasts. The launch of the latest generation of personal video players such as the iPod Nano in November 2007 has led to a huge increase  in the number of viewers signing up for podcasts. Launched in January 2006, SailingNews.TV was one of the first video podcasts to be made available in France. It has around 5000 subscribers and has been in the Top ten in the outdoor activities section on i-Tunes for more than 4 years.


Sea & Co



Initially created by a group of four in France, Sea and Co has since evolved internationally to a group eleven photographers now representing 3 countries :

Julien Girardot (Saint Malo, France) www.juliengirardot.com
Jérôme Houyvet (Barfleur, France) www.jeromehouyvet.com
Oskar Kihlborg (Stockholm, Sweden) www.kihlborg.se
Thierry Martinez (La Trinité sur Mer, France) www.thmartinez.com
Gilles Martin-Raget (Marseille, France) www.martin-raget.com
Benoît Stichelbaut (Concarneau, France) www.stichelbaut.com
Benjamin Thouard ( Tahiti, French Polynesia) www.benthouard.com
Sander van der Borch (La Haye, The Nederlands) www.sandervanderborch.com
Jacques Vapillon (La Trinité sur Mer, France) www.vapillon.com
Yiochi Yabbe (Tokyo, Japan)
Yvan Zedda (Lorient, France) www.zedda.com


Thanks to their common experience and the potential of their archives, the photographers of Sea&Co gathered four strong ideas.

1 - Permanency and availability about long term project: the top sailing projects are sometimes changing because submitted to the weather.

Working together with the possibility to replace each other allows the customer to be sure of the availability of the specialized photographer at the requested level at the right moment, who will work and publish according to the initially planned standards.

2 - Complementarity during the important events. Several photographers have to works together on he same events, whether for the preparation (realization of a photographic library) during an important day (departure/ arrival of a race) or to vary the prints of view or the angle shots. Sea&Co is today able to propose this service.

3 - Cost reduction. Thanks to their existing group of customers, to their geographic repartition on the French shore, to their frequent journeys abroad for the most important events, Sea&Co photographers are able to propose lower moving production costs (race departure or arrival) or gathering means of sea or aerial shots.

4- A better distribution. since the creation of their common server www.seaandco.net, the group has set a new standard in independant marine photography. All the pictures produced by the 8 photographers are available in one same place. Not only the photo editors don't have to search images in many places with different browsing systems and different access codes, but in adding their common listing, Sea and co photographers are able to reach more customers when they send alerts and distribute theyr photos. By joining the "Pixpalace" network, Sea&Co photos are now directly available to the biggest media photo editors, thanks to the local terminal installed on their desk.





Risk Manager and advisor to IMOCA in terms of insurance

The Tolrip Company is based in Brussels and managed by Mr René Pirlot.

Mr Pirlot has been the IMOCA Class’ Risk Manager since 2010.
When he took up the role, it was very difficult to insure an IMOCA and the amount for the premiums was prohibitive.
Today IMOCA is in a position to provide its members with reliable insurance solutions at competitive prices, which are compatible with the lifespan of our projects. This is the result of the meticulous work, carried out on a global scale and turned into reality with PANTAENIUS, the world leader in yacht insurance.

In addition to boat insurance, Mr Pirlot has also put a lot of energy into arranging a suitable personal insurance for our skippers. His input has enabled us to move things forward with our insurer, MDS, as well as providing our skippers with cover which is suited to the job they do.

When Tolrip steps off our IMOCAs, it provides solutions for all the special risks associated with Sport as well as the organisation of publicity events.


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