Promoting a purpose as an organization

Published on May 8th, 2023

The International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA), which manages the grand prix 60-foot monohull activity, has created a document which focuses on sustainability and social diversity in its sporting activities. Here is their report:

“The publication of our very first Purpose Report is an important step in our evolution as a sporting and maritime organization committed to the health of our oceans and planet,” said Imogen Dinham-Price, Co-Sustainability Manager at IMOCA. “This is merely the first of many such steps as we continue to work hard to improve the way we operate in this respect.

“By shaping the regulations and direction of competition in our fleet, together we will encourage rapid design, development, and delivery of invaluable technologies for the future – particularly in relation to construction, energy autonomy, science and maritime collisions.”

IMOCA yachts are the stars of the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race and The Ocean Race which tie into the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES of races which crowns a champion each year.

The Class is based on rules that guarantee sporting fairness, technical innovation, and safety to enable our sailors to race in some of the most remote parts of the world’s oceans.

IMOCA has a proven history of pioneering technologies and innovations that have made positive contributions to the maritime industry and beyond. These initiatives are all based on the principle that creating a sustainable and relevant sport is central to IMOCA’s long-term strategy.

The Purpose Report addresses the IMOCA sustainability strategy that forms the foundation for the next era of Class Rules; these will propel the Class and the sector in which it is active towards sustainable innovation.

One of IMOCA’s most high profile recent sustainability initiatives is its “Green Sail Rule” introduced last December. This encourages leading sail-making companies to produce sails for IMOCA yachts using more sustainable energy, avoiding air travel and generating less waste.

To read the Purpose Report, click here.

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