Viking Maritime
Far Sounder
Alexseal Yacht Coatings
Crew & Concierge
Digital Cinema
Palma Boat show
Viking Crew
Breaking News
Home > Regattas > Yacht Club De Monaco To Host First Big Race Qualifier For Vendee Globe

Yacht Club De Monaco To Host First Big Race Qualifier For Vendee Globe

Now established as a one-design winter base with the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series which attracts some 100 international teams, the Yacht Club de Monaco continues to ramp up its sailing policy.

Taking full advantage of a Clubhouse designed by Lord Foster and facilities ideal for regattas, crews and sponsors, the Club has added two new events to its calendar in 2018: Monaco Swan One Design (27-31 March) for ClubSwan 42, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 50; and the Monaco Globe Series (1-8 June), the first ever offshore Mediterranean race for IMOCA 60′ and a qualifier for the Vendee Globe 2020.

For the Monaco Globe Series, a dozen teams are set to stopover in the Principality for the first time for a 1,400nm double-handed race that embraces the most emblematic marks in the western Mediterranean.

From the start in Monaco, the fleet races down Corsica’s west coast before being propelled through the Strait of Bonifacio to the Aeolian Islands, where they tack in front of Stromboli and head for Palermo in Sicily. It then sets course for the Balearic Islands and from there back to Monaco.

The race was an obvious one for YCM Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi: “The arrival last year of Malizia II, the YCM’s offshore flagship, is part of the Club’s sailing policy. Our ambition is to encourage our young sailors to dream and think about new vocations. Following our participation with Boris Herrmann last year in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, then the Transat Jacques Vabre, we were keen to host these 60′ mono-hulls for the first time in Monaco. We want to offer them a course that showcases the beauty of the Mediterranean and its enormous potential for sailing.”

The Monaco event marks the start of the new IMOCA 2018-2020 championship, renamed the Globe Series, with a system of points and weightings over a four-year period. The goal for sailors is to rack-up a maximum number of points to qualify for the big offshore races, with the Vendee Globe as the holy grail.

Racers who decide to come to the Mediterranean can look forward to a challenging first stage.

Provisional programme Monaco Globe Series:

Friday 1st June 2018
Exhibition day for teams and their sponsors
Runs and courses in Monaco Bay
Globe Series Opening Ceremony
Gala Dinner

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Exhibition day
Runs and courses in Monaco Bay

Sunday 3rd June 2018
Start of 1,400 nautical mile race

Friday 8th June 2018
Prize-giving ceremony