Antoine KOCH

IMOCA Globe Series-
Age45 (3/14/78)
Top performance3rd of the Transat Jacques 2023 with Sam Goodchild and 4th of the 2019's edition with Thomas Ruyant
Joined Imoca on2002
TeamTR Racing
BaseLorient (France)
PartnersAdvens, Leyton


Naval engineer and navigator, Antoine Koch has a solid experience in ocean racing and in the construction of "high-tech" yachts.

After training as a mechanical engineer in Compiègne, Antoine Koch completed a training course in naval architecture in Southampton and began ocean racing.

At the age of 20, he took part in his first Solitaire du Figaro and finished 3rd rookie. He continued to race until he acquired an IMOCA boat at the age of 24, with the Route du Rhum 2022 as his goal. He then set sail on his L'Héautontimoroumenos in difficult weather conditions. He finished in 5th place after a very good race. He then went on to complete a series of seasons as skipper or co-skipper, both single-handed and crewed, in monohulls and multihulls.

He also supported Jean-Yves Bernot, router-navigator, during Michel Desjoyeaux's victory in The Transat 2004. Invited to the opening race of the Multi Cup 60', the youngest trimaran skipper is focused on the Route du Rhum 2006 and his participation is perfectly in line with his methodical programme of preparation for this solo transatlantic race. At the age of 27, he is one of the most promising sailors of his generation. He took the helm of the Sopra Group trimaran for the 2006 Route du Rhum, a race he finished in 9th place.

Oscillating between sailing in Figaros or multihulls and his job as an engineer, it is in 2019 that he returns to IMOCA alongside Thomas Ruyant. Having participated in the construction of LinkedOut, he took part in the Transat Jacques Vabre with the skipper from Dunkirk, a race that the duo finished in 4th position.

He returns in 2023, on the same 60-foot boat, but this time with Sam Goodchild as skipper, for the season's double-handed races.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd (For The Planet)
2023 : 
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd (For The Planet)
: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th (IMOCA LinkedOut)
2011: Prince de Bretagne Trophy - Winner
2011: Fécamp Trophy - 2nd
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - ABD

2010: Transat AG2R - 15th
2010: Vendée Saint-Pétersbourg - 2nd (Crêpes Whaou ! with F-Y Escoffier)
2009: Solitaire du Figaro - 11th (with a stage win)
2009: Tour de Bretagne - 12th
2009: Quiberon Solo - 9th
2009: Solo - 2nd
2009: Solo Figaro Massif Marine - 22nd
2008: Solitaire du Figaro - 15th
2008: Course des Falaises - 23rd
2008: Transat AG2R with G. Gendron - 6th
2008: Solo Arrimer - 4th
2007: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th
2006: Route du Rhum - 9th
2004: Transat AG2R - 4th
2004: La Solitaire - 22nd
2003: Transat Jacques Vabre - 8th
2002: Route du Rhum - 5th
2002: Solitaire du Figaro - 8th
2001: Solitaire du Figaro - 10th
2000: Tour de France à la Voile - 10th
2000: Solitaire du Figaro - 10th
1999: Solitaire du Figaro - 3rd rookie
1998: Transat AG2R - 11th


Sail numberFRA 100
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2019, Persico Marine, Italie
Former namesLINKEDOUT
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
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© François Van Malleghem | Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
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