The objective of the IMOCA Class is to involve the experts of the sector in order to make the most of collective intelligence. Considering this, the Sustainable Development Committee has been set up to discuss topics such as life cycle analysis, communication, collisions at sea (cetaceans), alternative materials, the team charter, etc.
Kellie COVINGTON, team Mer Concept
Imogen DINHAM-PRICE, IMOCA Class
Yann DOLLO, CDK Technologies
Benjamin DUTREUX, team OMIA-Water Familly
Damian FOXALL, 1 Degree
Sébastien GUEHO, GSEA Design
Julia HUVÉ, IMOCA communication team
Paul MEILHAT, IMOCA Class
Madeleine MARCHANT, team Time For Oceans
Katia MERLE, Cabinet VPLP
Amy MUNROE, 1 Degree
Yann PENFORNIS, Multiplast
Marion PENNANEAC’H, team L'Occitane en Provence
Vincent RIOU, team PRB & ARKEA PAPREC
Claire VAYER, IMOCA Class
The issue of collisions at sea is a major concern for all classes and ocean races. The IMOCA skippers are all committed to protecting the ocean and biodiversity through various actions, and are determined to find solutions that preserve marine life and limit collisions during races.
This is a complex subject requiring the development of technological combinations that are not currently adapted to our boats. Various solutions have already been implemented to limit the risk of collisions: thermal cameras are positioned at the top of the mast to detect objects or obstacles above the surface and/or semi-submerged and scarecrows are positioned on the keel to keep marine mammals away.
Route studies are also carried out beforehand with the race organizers in collaboration with specialists, in order to limit the passage in risky areas. In addition, in collaboration with CLS-Argos, a map indicating the presence of marine animals referenced by tags is provided to skippers before the races, in order to anticipate potential risks as much as possible.
To date, other complementary solutions are being studied and a call for expressions of interest has been published with the Pôle Mer with the aim of encouraging research and supporting the development of optimized solutions for our boats.