Sustainability at the IMOCA Class

© Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing Team

IMOCA boats cross the oceans thanks to a 100% sustainable fuel: the wind
. Thanks to the power of the planet's weather systems, combined with the innovation of ocean racing over the past 30 years, an IMOCA skipper can cross the Atlantic in 10 days and circumnavigate the globe in less than 80, in total autonomy.

Onboard energy, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, materials, durability, communication, the developments are concrete and the transfer of technologies between competition and industry is intensifying.

Today, the aim is to bring together all the players in ocean racing to develop solutions for the future.

The IMOCA Class defines sustainability as the ability to develop sustainable and innovative performance systems while maintaining a balance between the social, economic and environmental actions of our daily lives. The goal is for future generations to flourish and enjoy the oceans. 


OUR engagement

Develop our sports projects towards more sustainable performance
and contribute towards building a responsible heritage for the maritime world.

Our ambition




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.


Claire Vayer 

Imogen Dinham-Price