Imoca : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Imoca are 60-foot Open monohull yachts mainly intended to race in the Vendée Globe. Find here the latest news and investigations from Tip & Shaft on the subject.

La Solitaire du Figaro Laperche et Quiroga

Solitaire du Figaro: Debriefing with Dominic Vittet and Christian Dumard

The 52nd Solitaire du Figaro finished on Thursday evening with overall victory going to Pierre Quiroga, 9th on the final stage won by Pierre Leboucher. Xavier Macaire and Tom Laperche rounded off the podium in second and third and Gaston Morvan, 7th overall, finished first rookie. Weather routing specialists Dominic Vittet, who worked in particular with Pierre Quiroga, and Christian Dumard, who worked with Xavier Macaire among others, debrief the showdown match that was the final stage and take stock of this 2021 edition.

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L'Imoca de Charlie Dalin dans la brise

Jean-Luc Nélias: “I am breaking out of my comfort zone”

After seven years at Sodebo at the start of May the career of internationally renowned Jean-Luc Nélias, 59, changed when he was appointed the team manager of Charlie Dalin’s Apivia Imoca project. Here he explains the reasons for this change of direction to Tip & Shaft and tells us about his first couple of months in his new role.

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Le départ de la Transat en double à Concarneau

How the demand for offshore race training has exploded

In the context of a real boom for most ocean racing fleets in France and even seemingly despite the health crisis, the demand for high level offshore race training is growing sharply, to the point that many centres are approaching full capacity. Tip & Shaft looks at the structures of France.

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11th hour racing team en IMOCA

Simon Fisher: “The Ocean Race Europe is a great learning experience”

When five times round the world navigator Simon ‘SiFi’ Fisher starts The Ocean Race Europe with the 11th Hour Racing Team it will mark the real start of the journey towards The Ocean Race 2022-2023. Winner of The Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, his sixth race will be encompass a whole new challenge as the race adopts the IMOCA. Tip & Shaft caught up with SiFi in Lorient just before the race starts….

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Le départ de la 9e édition du Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe: The view of the sponsors

The Vendée Globe 2020-2021 prize giving ceremony took place on Saturday in Les Sables d’Olonne, and as such is a great opportunity for Tip & Shaft to take stock of this ninth edition, seen from the side of the skippers’ sponsors. The results can mostly be considered to be very positive, hence the desire of many to sign up for the next four years, most often with increased budgets and greater ambitions.

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L'Imoca de Sébastien Simon au départ du Vendée Globe

What you need to know about the new IMOCA rule

The new Imoca rule which will be applicable from 2022 to 2025, was voted on at the class association’s general assembly on April 15. To understand the main developments, Tip & Shaft tells more about this rule with some IMOCA experts.

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Sam Davies à l'arrivée du Vendée Globe

Sam Davies: “I want to go back!”

Two months after her return (out of the race) from the Vendée Globe, Sam Davies is now on course for the Transat Jacques Vabre, for which she should soon announce the “experienced co-skipper” who will sail with her on Initiatives Coeur. Tip & Shaft took this opportunity to chat things over with the British skipper who is determined to set out on a Vendée Globe campaign once again.  

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Gréement de fortune sur la Golden Globe Race

How the round the world races have grown

Between July 2022 and September 2023 it seems like as many as five round the globe races could set off in just about every conceivable format solo, double or crewed, mainly intended for amateur or semi pro sailors. Tip & Shaft look at the budgets, the contexts and the risks.

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