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Vincent RIOU

Vincent RIOU
Nationality : Francaise
Age : 45 years
Website : sport.prb.fr
Skipper principal de : PRB (FRA 85)

General ranking

Season Ranking points
2015-2016 Season 19 119 pts
2013-2014 Season 10 037 pts
2012-2013 season 12 064 pts
2011 - 2012 Season 12 052 pts
If we had to sum him up in just a few words, Vincent Riou could be called the top all-rounder. He is a sailor, who knows how to do everything: designing, developing and fine-tuning boats, an excellent weather analyst, but also a top class technician and a determined and talented racer. The Swiss army knife of Breton sailing, if you like.

From his childhood in Loctudy – a small village in SW Brittany, where he still lives with his wife and children, Vincent Riou has inherited a keen passion for the sea. It is on the water that “Vincent the terrible” is happiest, doing battle with anything that floats from the dinghies of his childhood to multihulls and not forgetting the Figaro racers and the big IMOCAs.

In 2000, he prepared the winning boat for Michel Desjoyeaux. Four years later, the Vendée based firm PRB offered him the helm on the advice of the Professor. Vincent had a remarkable performance ending up as winner, even though unusually he wasn’t in the lead at Cape Horn. The one that was just in front of him at the rock and who missed out on winning was Jean Le Cam… It was King Jean than gave Vincent his nickname. A link that was to continue as in the 2008 edition, Jean capsized at the Horn and who would rescue him in these hellish conditions? Vincent, of course! The Race Jury awarded him equal third place after this epic rescue. To finish the story, the two men would go on to sail together in the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre… that they would win. Deeply involved in the IMOCA class (which organises the rules for the Vendée Globe boats), Vincent will be the only previous winner competing. He isn’t in it just for fun, but hopes to follow in the footsteps of Desjoyeaux by becoming a two time winner of the Vendée Globe a feat solely achieved by Mich Desj’. For the moment.
Vincent won everything last year aboard his extremely well tuned PRB, in particular with a victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre… For the four leading lights in the IMOCA class, he is the man to beat.

IMOCA races historic

nautical resume

2016 - Transat NY - Vendée

2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2014 - Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe

2013 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2012 - Europa Warm'Up

Winner of the Europa Warm'Up

2011 - Rolex Fastnet Race

Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race

2011 - Transat B to B

3rd in the Transat B to B

2010 - Tour d'Espagne

2nd in the Tour of Spain

2010 - Route du Rhum

5th in the Route du Rhum

2009 - Transat Jacques Vabre

7th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Arnaud Boissières

2008 - Vendée Globe

3rd in the Vendée Globe 2008-2009 tied in with Marc Guillemot

2007 - Calais Round Britain Race

Winner of the Calais Round Britain Race

2007 - Rolex Fastnet Race

Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race

2004 - Vendée Globe

Winner of the Vendée Globe 2004-2005

2003 - Calais Round Britain Race

Winner of the Calais Round Britain Race

2003 - Transat Jacques Vabre

4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Jérémie Beyou

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