3 races - 3 double handed winners



For the last 45 years, the greatest sailors in the world have been carving out incredible stories of human adventure, sailing around the world alone, non-stop and without assistance.

The IMOCA (International Monohull Open Class Association) was created in 1991 to put in place a structure able to regulate the technical aspects of solo or double-handed offshore racing. Run by the skippers and their teams, the Association supports and promotes legendary races such as the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race. Today, the IMOCA is one of the strongest classes in the world with more than 20 active teams.

OSM and IMOCA jointly launched the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship in a two-year cycle that includes all the main events on the current offshore race circuit (the Vendée Globe, Barcelona World Race, Route du Rhum and Transat Jacques Vabre), as well as new events created especially for the IMOCA60, such as the New York - Barcelona and New York - Vendée (Les Sables d'Olonne) races.

By organising new races in key regions around the world, such as the USA and Asia, OSM is aiming to promote offshore racing to new audiences and sponsors worldwide. 

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. 

  • Technical features:

    Maximum length: 18.28 m (60 feet)
    Maximum beam: 5.85m
    Maximum hull draught: 4.50m
    Air draught: 29.00m
    Displacement: Open
    Surface area of sails upwind and downwind: Open

  • Visuel Classe

A limit of four ballasts, standardised mast, standardised keel, limit of five appendages, limit of nine sails.