The race of ocean, the properly crewed round the race of the world with the stopovers, will now race for the very first time on the IMOCAs (60-foot) with the foils for the season of 2021-22. With just more than 2 ½ years to go to the beginning, the organizer for race and sailors are now navigating how this alteration can now benefit the landscape of IMOCA that also prepares every 4 years for the Globe of Vendee, which is the solo round for the race of the world.
“We are discussing with everyone and the teams having potential can now be divided into 3 groups (major),” as explained by Johan Salen who is the co-President of the race of ocean. “We are now in contact with the existing teams of IMOCA, most of which are French, but also with the clubs for the last of the Volvo and also some of the other teams that are totally new.”
“The teams that are really interested come from Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, United States, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, China, and France. And we also have some other more important countries we should have to involve. Our main is to bring all of the highly professional teams who are international teams and that so are very well structured and organized with some very active sponsors.” For Salen, it is apparent that bringing together the former Ocean Race of Volvo and the class of IMOCA is also a very positive move.