The foiling IMOCA 60 class adds a high-performance and design aspect to the race after the last two editions of one-design racing, where all boats were identical. This shift means that teams will be pushing the boundaries of technology with boats that foil above the water at extremely high speeds.
The IMOCA 60 class is at the cutting edge of technology for offshore monohulls and the sailors and designers will pursue every technical advantage they can find.
In the last edition of the race, the VO65 set records, with team AkzoNobel setting a new 24-hour distance record.
The race was also the most exciting in the event’s 45-year history, with three teams approaching the finish line of the final leg with a chance to win the overall title. The margin for Dongfeng Race Team was just 16 minutes after 126 days of racing.
The 2022 event will be the third round of the planet for the robust VO65 fleet.