IMOCA Ocean Masters


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IMOCA Ocean Masters

New York – Vendée
(Les Sables d’Olonne)

Setting sail from the ‘Big Apple’, bound for what was the cradle of the IMOCA Class, the port of Les Sables d’Olonne, one could hardly ask for more in terms of symbolism.

On the one hand, New York, a cosmopolitan crossroads of influences, is a perfect illustration of the international aspirations of both IMOCA and Open Sports Management. On the other, France’s Vendée region, represents the heart of the IMOCA class, thanks to its legendary solo round the world race, in which some of the most extraordinary episodes on the high seas have occurred over the last twentyfive years.

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Ocean Masters World Championship


In 2014, the IMOCA World Championship has been rechristened the Ocean Masters World Championship. This new name reflects the desire to internationalise and further develop the circuit – a circuit already recognised as the world’s foremost for shorthanded offshore racing.

This newly branded series is based on a number of world famous oceanic races in which, for several decades, the sporting endeavours and heroic achievements of its participants have, frequently, turned skippers into superstars. The Vendée Globe, Barcelona World Race, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre, Rolex Fastnet Race…around the world, across the Atlantic, double-handed or solo, ….all of these challenging events attract a strong media following, and huge crowds at start and finish race villages.

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