3 races - 3 double handed winners
imoca - Les skippers
Designed primarily for surfing in the South Seas, the IMOCA60 are among the fastest monohulls in offshore racing. They are also real floating R&D laboratories, whose innovations later appear in modern recreational yachting: canting keels, asymmetric spinnakers, bowsprits, powerful hulls and foils, as well as cutting-edge communication tools and safety features.
There are a number of rules governing the design of the IMOCA60: a length of 60 feet (18.28m), a maximum beam of 5.85m, air draught (29m), hull draught, righting moment, and stability tests at different angles.
The latest developments in the measurement rules aim to improve safety margins in the two most sensitive areas: the mast and the keel. They are now standardised and every new boat must adopt these two monotypes. At the same time, the teams that have undertaken the construction of new boats have explored new paths, including the replacement of conventional daggerboards with foils designed to create lift and to lighten the boat.
The contest between “foilers” and classic boats leads to completely different racing strategies, as the strengths of each are so different.
Maximum length: 18.28 m (60 feet)
Maximum beam: 5.85m
Maximum hull draught: 4.50m
Air draught: 29.00m
Surface area of sails upwind and downwind: Open
A limit of four ballasts, standardised mast, standardised keel, limit of five appendages, limit of nine sails.