Single-handed transatlantic • Non-stop • 3,542 miles
Founded in 1978 the race is France’s most famous transatlantic event gathering millions of visitors to the start in Saint Malo.
THE BOAT: IMOCA 60
At 60 feet the monohulls are among the fastest modern racing boats. To maximise on speed the boats are built using light, but strong composite materials ensuring they can withstand the worst conditions on the open seas.
Over the years developments of the hull-shape have been optimised towards foiling, resulting in a drag reduction of 10-15% over the previous generation of boats.