IMOCA 60

Summary

The IMOCA ("Open 60"), is a 60ft development class monohull sailing yacht administered by the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA).[1] The class pinnacle event are single or two person ocean races, such as the Route du Rhum and the Vendée Globe and this has been intimately linked to design development within the class.

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Development
DesignerVarious including
Farr Yacht Design
Finot-Conq
Joubert-Nivelt
Juan Kouyoumdjian
Marc Lombard
Owen-Clarke
Verdier-VPLP
Year1991 Onwards
No. built+100
DesignOpen
Builder(s)Various including
Cookson Boats
CDK Technologies
Green Marine
JMV Industries
Marc Pinta
Multiplast
Persico
CrewTypically 1 or 2
Boat
CrewTypically 1 or 2
Hull
TypeMonohull
ConstructionTypically Carbon Fibre Composite
LOH18 m (60 ft)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeCanting
Rig
Rig typeSloop

Class descriptionEdit

This class is of "open" design, this means the boat is measurement controlled and therefore designers have freedom within the rules.[2]

Design restrictions include the length (between 59 and 60 feet (18 m)) and maximum draft (4.5 metres (15 ft)). There are no explicit restrictions on beam, mast height or sail area although these are all indirectly controlled by flotation and self-righting capability requirements. The rules also tackle safety and survival design and equipment.

This class is recognised by World Sailing.[3]

EventsEdit

These races are open to, but not necessarily limited to this class.

EvolutionEdit

Radical IdeasEdit

  • Project Amazon - Twin "Main" Masted no real headsails
  • - Canting Rig (common on multihulls

Semi FoilingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Classes". sailing.org. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ "INTERNATIONAL MONOHULL OPEN CLASS ASSOCIATION I.M.O.C.A. : OPEN 60' ISAF INTERNATIONAL CLASS : Class Rules - 2008 : Version 1" (PDF). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Open 60 Monohull Classes and Equipment..." Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  4. ^ Barcelona World Race
  5. ^ "Agreement will see IMOCA 60 boats in next race". Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

External linksEdit

  • Official website