IMOCA 60 – The next generation of hydrofoil sailboats

Top Speed: Current record speed is 38.5 knots
Production cost for a new boat amounts to ~4.7 million Euros
Interior: Two bunks and space for 5 crew members


IMOCA stands for International Monohull Open Class Association. IMOCA 60 sailing boats are an ‘open class’ which means that designers can modify the design of the boat within certain limitations. The boat can be no longer than 60 feet in length, 4.5 meters draught and a maximum mast height of 29 meters above the waterline.


IMOCA 60 Charal

Charal is the next generation foiling sailboat designed by VPLP. It has gained a lot of attention due to its innovative foil design, build from the ground up. Many other boats in this class have been retrofitted with foils since it has long been uncertain if foils are reliable for different kinds of winds, experienced in an around the world competition.

In the latest Vendée Globe competition, all top 3 boats in the race had the VPLP-Verdier fooling design, which proved that this is the future of the class.

IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss

As with the Charal, the boat uses the next generation foiling configuration and designed by VPLP in partnership with Alex Thomson. This boat is constructed entirely in carbon fiber and equipped with the latest technology. The sailing boat’s beam is reduced to a minimum and the forward section was designed to be more aero-hydrodynamic, this boat is truly built for speed. The boat holds the current speed record of 38.5 knots.

IMOCA 60 Malizia II

The boat is designed by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and built at the Multiplast yard. This is the sailing boat that transported the climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic.  The boat is equipped with a high-volume bow which enhances the speed of the boat by making her more lightweight.

The Ocean Race

In the upcoming Ocean Race, IMOCA 60 boats have been invited to participate in the competition. Based on the success of the next generation foiling monohulled boats in the Vendée Globe competition, this will be an exciting new change in the Ocean Race vs the traditional VO65 boats used in the past edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.   

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