The identity of the much-rumoured eighth new-generation IMOCA 60 being build has finally been officially revealed with the news that French two-time Figaro winner Nicolas Troussel has commissioned a Juan Kouyoumdjian designed boat to be built with a launch date of January 2020.
The announcement from Troussel – who grew up
French solo offshore racing sailor Thomas Ruyant has confirmed he is building new foiling IMOCA 60 scheduled to be launched in July next year.
Ruyant, 37, from Malo-Les-Bains on the north coast of France intends to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe after which he says the boat will be reconfigured
After The Ocean Race staged an IMOCA charm offensive in Paris last week, Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm takes a look at how well the two around-the-world-race superpowers are getting along.
On the face of it the burgeoning relationship between ocean racing’s two major professional around the world race organisers
Fifteen days into the 2016-17 Vendee Globe race French skipper Vincent Riou was in fifth place. Despite sailing a non-foiling IMOCA 60 he was chasing the top four foilers – Alex Thomson, Armel Le Cleac'h, Sebastien Josse and Jérémie Beyou – pretty hard – until he was forced out of
Press release: Alex Thomson Racing has underlined its commitment to sustainability by declaring an ambition to race around the world without the use of fossil fuels.
Earlier this year the ocean racing team announced plans to build a brand new IMOCA 60 yacht, with the aim of becoming the first non-French
British solo ocean racing skipper Alex Thomson has described himself as "desperate" to finally secure victory in the Vendée Globe singlehanded around the world race at his fifth attempt in 2020.
In an interview with the mainstream Mail Online website in the UK, Thomson described his quest for a Vendée Globe
An interesting short film chronicilling the 13-months of hard work that went into designing and building the spectacular new IMOCA 60 Charal for French solo skipper Jérémie Beyou.
Britain’s Alex Thomson may be best known for his stunts but he really wants to win the Vendée Globe. Thomson failed to finish in his first two attempts, but a third and a second in the last two additions has given him hope that he can conquer this solo non-stop race
Having won the last Volvo Ocean Race as part of the Dongfeng Race Team crew and finished third in the last Vendee Globe, French skipper Jérémie Beyou is good person to quiz about the suitability of a new generation of IMOCA 60 boats in the next VOR.
Speaking to members of
Ever wondered what is involved in measuring an IMOCA 60 to make sure it is within the strict class rules? This great little video from Alex Thomson Racing follows the recent re-measurement of Hugo Boss – runner up in the last Vendee Globe – ahead of the Route du Rhum