Season 2 of the IMOCA VIRTUAL SERIES by CORUM L’Épargne
The return of the Championship that draws parallels between the real and the virtual!
As the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES gets underway again on 01 January with the start of The Ocean Race, Virtual Regatta will be hosting the world’s first virtual championship dedicated to ocean racing and more specifically to IMOCA boats: the IMOCA VIRTUAL SERIES by CORUM L’Épargne. This series of virtual events will enable players to compete in the same races as real skippers. The good news is that almost a dozen virtual races will be created between now and the Vendée Globe 2024.
This will give IMOCA boats the chance to take part in one real and one virtual champion each year!
The IMOCA GLOBE SERIES, the great offshore series
Inaugurated in 2018, the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES stems from the shared desire of skippers and race organisers to create an ever-stronger link between the various events. In order to contribute to the growing appeal of the famous 60-foot monohull Class, this Championship now brings together the biggest ocean races with more and more events 100% dedicated to IMOCA boats.
By increasing the number of races on the calendar – seven in 2023, 18 in total between 2021 and 2024 – the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES will enable the teams to improve their reliability and performance, while competing on a more regular basis. As for the public, they’ll be able to enjoy a great soap opera to follow between two Vendée Globe races! At the end of each season, the title of IMOCA Champion is awarded to the most consistent skipper of the year.
The IMOCA VIRTUAL SERIES, the same virtual emotions
Alongside this unique circuit, the IMOCA Virtual Series by CORUM L’Épargne is the first virtual championship of its kind. In addition to the real races, Virtual Regatta completes the programme with almost a dozen 100% virtual races created for the occasion.
Like any real skipper, each virtual skipper will accumulate points throughout the season to win the annual title. It’s also a way of strengthening the link with the IMOCA class, since the best performers will win prizes, including the chance for the champion to sail aboard a real IMOCA: CORUM L’Épargne, skippered by Nicolas Troussel.
Updated rankings after the Rolex Fastnet Race
How does it work?
In each event, each skipper scores a number of points based on his or her ranking, the number of participants and a coefficient specific to each event.
For example: if 10 boats start a race with a coefficient of 4, the first boat scores 10 x 4 = 40 points, the 2nd boat scores 9 x 4 = 36 points, and so on.
The skipper or skippers who score the most points over the season win the title.
About the IMOCA
Founded in 1991 and recognised by World Sailing since 1998, the International Monohull Open Class Association manages the 60-foot (18.28 metre) Open monohull class. The IMOCA, which defines the rules guaranteeing sporting fairness by developing innovation and boat safety, aims to develop the monohull fleet and to offer its skippers an attractive and coherent sporting programme. It contributes to the internationalisation of ocean racing and combines on a daily basis the notions of competition, innovation, human adventure and safety, in an environment focused on the development of a more sustainable performance.
About CORUM L’Épargne
CORUM L’Épargne markets the products of the CORUM group, whose capital is exclusively held by its directors and managers, specialising in business loans and real estate savings for individual and institutional clients. Life insurance, bond funds, real estate funds (SCPI), CORUM L’Épargne currently supports more than 70,000 customers and manages more than 5 billion euros of savings.