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The Monaco Yacht Club, under the presidency of HSH Prince Albert, continues to ramp up its competitive sailing policy with the holding for the first time in its history of an IMOCA stage. This international event is a qualifier for the next Vendée Globe and will take place during the first week of June.
Some 15 teams are set to descend on the Principality for the start of a double-hander offshore race around some of the most emblematic race course marks in the Mediterranean.
After leaving Monaco, the fleet races down Corsica’s west coast before being propelled through the Strait of Bonifacio, towards the Aeolian Islands, where they tack in front of Stromboli and head for Palermo in Sicily. They then set course for the Balearic Islands before returning to Monaco.
The race is a new event in the IMOCA Championship, renamed the Globe Series, that comprises a system of points and coefficients over four years. The goal for sailors is to rack-up as many points as possible to qualify for the biggest offshore race of them all: the Vendée Globe.
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