Evolution of IMOCA Designs

From : April 2017


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2007 - 2008 First Generation


With the Vendee Globe Challenge now complete, and the foiling boats having taken the top three positions, the evolution of the Verdier/VPLP IMOCA designs is discussed.


In 2007, I was part of the K Challenge design team for the America’s Cup in Valencia. In collaboration with Bernard Nivetl, I designed hulls that were very wide at the bow and stern, with very steep sides. In parallel, we studied the compromises between the hull’s stiffness, the wetted surface and wave lengths. Power