Vincent Riou

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  • Nom Vincent Riou
  • Nationalité Française
  • Date de Naissance 09.01.1972

  • Nom du bateau PRB
  • Classe Imoca / Open 60


In 1993, for the start of the first Transat Jacques Vabre, the Parlier, Peyron and Gautier are in the game. Among them, Vincent Riou, 21. A youngster who tackles his first Atlantic crossing aboard Maitre CoQ and buckle despite a large waterway. Its competitors salute this young sailor extraordinary tenacity that just tasted off, without knowing that he will blow his talent by taking the Vendée Globe a few years later. Sharpened physically, Vincent combines browser features , trimmer, strategist, technician, handyman ... in addition to his nine victories on the IMOCA circuit, his record proves its versatility: the Laser in the Solitaire du Figaro, the First Class 8 oceanic multihull Diam 24, he did everything or almost. At 42, Vincent is certainly in the fullness of his art, as he was able to demonstrate by taking the last Transat Jacques Vabre.

prize list


- Transat Jacques Vabre, 1 (IMOCA)


- 3rd participation in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe


- Transat Jacques Vabre, the first (with Jean Le Cam) - Vendée Globe, abandonment


- Europa Warm Up, 1


- Azimut Trophy, 1st - Rolex Fastnet Race (with Jean Le Cam) 1 - Artemis Challenge, 1st - Transat B to B, 3rd


- Tour of Spain, 2nd - Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale, 5th - Douarnenez Grand Prix, 2nd


- Transat Jacques Vabre, 7th (aboard Akena Verandas with Arnaud Boissières) - Vendée Globe, 3rd tie


- Rolex Fastnet Race in 50 hours 17 minutes and 54 seconds - Calais Round Britain Race, 1st - Offshore Racing Grand Prix Petit Navire, 1st - Spi Ouest France in Open 7.50, 4th


- Tour de Bretagne Sailing Figaro, 11th (with Beyou) - Sailor of the Year of the French Sailing Federation. - Vendée Globe winner in 87 days 10:47 minutes and 55 seconds


- navigator Michel Desjoyeaux on Géant trimaran, succeeding the latter to the PRB monohull bar. - Calais Round Britain Race (crew), 1 - Rolex Fastnet Race (crew), 2nd - Transat Jacques Vabren, 4th (with Beyou) - Atlantic Challenge, solo transatlantic Salvador de Bahia - La Rochelle, 2nd - Grand Prix de Lorient, 2nd - Challenge Mondial Assistance, 4th - Fécamp Grand Prix, 3rd


- Transat AG2R with Eric Drouglazet, 4th - Generali Méditerranée, 4th - Solitaire du Figaro, 4th - La Route du Ponant, 6th - France Championship offshore racing Solitaire, 4th


- Obelix Trophy Figaro, 1st - Solo Porquerolles, 10th and 1st Rookie - Tri Ar Mor, 6th - France Champion Figaro crew


- Solitaire du Figaro, 15th - European Tour Bénéteau 25, 2nd - Figaro Championship in France crew, 4th - 3rd title of Champion of France of First Class 8


- France Championship Figaro Solo, 12th - Champion of France First Class 8


- Spi Ouest France, 3rd - Tour du Finistère, 1st - Solo’s Telegram 1 - Mini Fastnet, 1 - France Champion First Class


- National Figaro, 3rd


- Championnat de France Match Racing 1


- Crédit Agricole Challenge, 2nd - Transat Jacques Vabre (solo), 6th

Press contact

Fabienne MORIN Tel: +33 6 87 25 83 15 [email protected]

Les mots des skippers

The Transat est une course mythique. Elle est particulièrement difficile, à la fois pour l’homme et le bateau.