New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne): a challenging final trial run before the Vendée Globe (Video published June 28, 2016)
Best of the New York - Vendée transatlantic race:
Setting sail from the ‘Big Apple’, bound for what was the cradle of the IMOCA Class, the port of Les Sables d’Olonne, France, 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 twenty-five years. The final opportunity to qualify for the Vendée Globe in race configuration, the New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) promises to be a significant event in the IMOCA Ocean Masters Championship. Above all, the New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) will be the final major confrontation in singlehanded configuration before the Vendée Globe.
Ocean Masters Website http://goo.gl/L4VWAE
Imoca Website: http://goo.gl/xW2cQe
Ocean Masters is the new global brand of the Imoca class and represents the world championship circuit which is awarded every two years. Ocean Masters has a vision : to internationalize the IMOCA class, to grow its profile and value, to introduce new events, new venues, new skippers and teams, new sponsors to the class and the grow the global fanbase supporting this incredible sport. The Imoca Ocean Masters Championship includes two round the world races, the Vendée Globe which is singlehanded and the Barcelona World Race which is doublehanded, the Route du Rhum, the New-York to Barcelona race, the Transat Jacques Vabre, The Rolex Fastnet Race and several other ocean races.
Founded in 1991 and recognised by ISAF since 1998, IMOCA is the class association, which takes care of 60-foot Open monohulls Imoca 60 (18.28 metres). With more than thirty skippers signed up, the fleet sails the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race.
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