IMOCA Globe Series35th
Points133 pts
Age34 (6/25/89)
Top performance2nd of the Transat en Double 2021 with Corentin Douguet in Figaro series
Joined Imoca on2021
BaseLorient (FRANCE)
CommitmentLazare association


Tanguy fell into sailing as a child. Originally from Istres, he moved to Vannes at a very young age, where his father, who gave sailing lessons, took him sailing on a caravel in the Gulf of Morbihan.

His passion for the sea has grown over the years, but everything changed in 2003 when his father crossed the Atlantic for the first time in the Mini Transat on a support boat. With his merchant navy studies almost complete, Tanguy took to the water and decided to make his dream come true by buying his first boat, a POGO 2, with his savings and those of his family. He was 21 years old.

Attracted by sailing but also by competition and the physical and psychological challenge it represents, he entered ocean racing in 2011 with no money, but very motivated and determined. 6th in his first Mini Transat in 2013, he has only one desire: to continue the adventure. His way of communicating allows him to be noticed and to stand out. Crowned French Mini 6.50 Champion in 2014, he trumps all the podiums in all the races he takes part in and starts to make a name for himself in the industry. 3rd in the Mini Transat 6.50 in 2015, Tanguy, crowned French Mini 6.50 Champion for the 2nd consecutive year, revises his ambitions upwards and decides to make his passion his profession.

Tanguy then entered the Figaro circuit in 2016 and lined up for the first time at the start of the Solitaire du Figaro in 2017, on which he finished third rookie. He continued his adventure in this circuit and joined the IMOCA Class in 2021 alongside Denis Van Weinbergh for the Transat Jacques Vabre before returning to his own 60-foot boat, the former APICIL Group, in 2022 for the 2024 Vendée Globe.

He finished 13th in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, carrying the colours of the Lazare association in his sail.

After a promising 2022 season, Tanguy Le Turquais is more than motivated for 2023. In November, after a delayed start to the Transat Jacques Vabre due to stormy weather, Tanguy and his co-skipper Félix de Navacelle hit a UFO just a few hours after setting off from Le Havre. Forced to make a stopover in Lorient, the two sailors set off again six days later, aiming to be in Martinique before the finish line closed. And they arrived in Fort-de-France... 8 hours before the finish line closed! The skipper of Lazare did not stop in his exploits, as he set sail again just 10 hours later for the Return to Base, which he finished in 20th place. On arriving at the pontoon in Lorient, having sailed brilliantly up the fleet, he exclaimed: "We've proved that we can win without finishing first!

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - 11th
2023 : Retour à La Base - 20th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 34th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 22th
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 16th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 13th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 9th
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 19th
Other highlights

2021: Solitaire du Figaro - 14th
2021: Sardinha Cup -  4th (with Corentin Douguet)
2021: Transat en Double - 2nd (with Corentin Douguet)

2021: Tour de Bretagne à la voile - 8th (with Robin Follin)
2021: Solo Guy Cotten - 3rd
2019: La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro - 35th
2019: Solo Maître CoQ - 2nd
2018: La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro - 19th
2018: Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE - 14th
2017: Solo Maîtres Coq - 16th
2017: Tour de Bretagne à la Voile - 12th
2017: Solitaire Urgo - Le Figaro : 16th
2016: Douarnenez Horta Solo - 16th
2016: Transat AG2R La Mondiale - 12th
2015: French Ocean Racing Champion
2015: Mini Transat - 3rd
2015: Pornichet Select - 1st
2014: French Ocean Racing Champion
2014: Pornichet Select - 1st
2014: Les Sables - Les Açores - 1st (2nd leg)
2013: Mini Transat - 6th


Sail numberFRA 1000
ArchitectFinot - Conq
Construction2007, Multiplast, Vannes
Former namesDCNS, Comme Un Seul Homme, Groupe APICIL
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind350 m2
Downwind610 m2
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