Thomas Coville

© Yvan Zedda / Sodebo


  • Nom Thomas Coville
  • Nationalité Français
  • Date de Naissance 10.05.1968

  • Nom du bateau Sodebo
  • Classe Ultimes


Thomas Coville is the man round the world (7 to his credit) and large records (11 in all). A few months before his 2nd place in the Mini Transat in 1997, he sailed with Olivier de Kersauson on Sport Elec to one of the first attempts of the Jules Verne Trophy. Therefore, racing against the clock around the world represent the recurring challenge of his career, along with its many deckchairs, his forays into the Vendée Globe, the Volvo Ocean Race, the ORMA and IMOCA championships. Intelligent, inquisitive and excellent communicator, Coville is a runner, a marine apart that has built his world, carried by his partner Sodebo faithful for 16 years. He is most expert in the perilous exercise of solo multihull. After a Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe shortened following a collision with a cargo ship on the first night, Coville took second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre. With the Transat, he returned to solo sailing and will try to do at least as well as in 2004 when he finished second. It is committed on a large tri 31 meters, the old Geronimo Kersauson totally revisited ...


It took more than a year of construction to transform the old Geronimo Olivier de Kersauson 2001 in Sodebo Ultim ‘: new midbody, new bows for floats, strengthening links arms (to accommodate foils) new mast (in the molds of the former Groupama 3) and relief course of 6 tons. A rehabilitation project that Thomas Coville described as “a real challenge”. The marine has brought its expertise related to his 10 years of solo records. “With this very powerful boat (4 meters wider than the previous one), where efforts are huge, I seem to have rediscovered another way to navigate. ”.


8 records solo and crewed 2 7 world tours including 5 multihull, monohull 2, 3 solo and 4 crew


- 2 nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre - Ultimate Class


- Abandonment of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe


- Volvo Ocean Race


- World in solitary


- Jules Verne Trophy - 3 rd of the Route du Rhum (category Ultimate)


- Record of the North Atlantic solo crossing (New York / Lizard) - Around the World in a multihull solo nonstop


- 3 rd of the Route du Rhum (ORMA)


- 2nd in the Transat - ORMA multihull championship


- Abandonment of the Route du Rhum (ORMA)


- Vendée Globe


- 1erde the Transat Jacques Vabre


- Winner of the Route du Rhum (IMOCA)

Press contact

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Les mots des skippers

L’Atlantique nord pour un marin, c’est toujours impressionnant. Enfant, j’ai vu mon père tellement heureux quand Eric Tabarly a gagné en 1964.. J’avais 8 ans, mais j’ai été très touché par son émotion. Aujourd’hui, je fais partie de l’histoire. Incroyable!