The IMOCA class held its annual general meeting on Tuesday 11th December in Paris. This gathering enabled the class to present its appraisal of what was a very positive 2018 season coming to a climax with an outstanding edition of the Route du Rhum, destination Guadeloupe.
Two months after completing the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race around the world in fourth place aboard team AkzoNobel, two key members of the squad have set their sights on competing in the next edition of the race in three years' time.
Sailors Thomas Snoek and Pieter van Leijen qualified for the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in front of a huge crowd at The Hague, who were also out to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race's conclusion.
The seven Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 teams are preparing for the very last start after more than eight months and 45,000 nautical miles of ocean racing. Today Saturday 30 June in The Hague the closing Brunel In-Port Race is on the programme. An emotional moment for the sailors, many of whom will race together for the last time after the long and intensive period as teammates.
In the closest finish in race history, Dongfeng Race Team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory in the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague.