“There are more people who have been to space than sailed around the world non stop and unassisted”
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Open 60 yachts are high end custom racing machines built for endurance short handed racing (quite often solo challenge sailing) such as The Barcelona World Race and Vendee Globe.

As Open 60 is pinnacle of yachting, IMOCA (Governing body of Open 60 sailing) thought the classification deserved a rebrand which would position it along side global brands such as Formula 1.