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Thomas RUYANT

Thomas RUYANT
Nationality : Française
Age : 36 years
Website : www.lesouffledunord.com
Skipper principal de : Le Souffle du Nord (FRA 121)

General ranking

Season Ranking points
Saison 2017-2018 19 000 pts
2015-2016 Season 22 071 pts
Winner of the Mini Transat and the Route du Rhum in Class40 the following year, Thomas Ruyant had two major successes in 2009 and 2010. This unprecedented double solo sailing success propelled the young sailor to the upper echelons of ocean racing. Dynamic, friendly and modest, Thomas has not rested on his laurels and continued his career which has now taken him to the race of his dreams: the Vendée Globe.

Originally from Dunkirk, Thomas Ruyant didn’t really start out in sailing as it was in ice hockey, athletics and triathlon that he was initially successful. From these land-based sports, Thomas has kept his determination and perseverance, which he is well known for at sea. It was at the age of 15 that the sailor from Northern France took part in his first races on a Laser. Then, he discovered offshore sailing, competing in the Tour de France Sailing Race before becoming interested in the Mini circuit. In 2007, he experienced a lot of problems in his first Mini Transat, but Thomas would not give up and completed the race in Bahia. What happened next is well known with his two remarkable wins in 2009-2010, and there were also wins in many other preparation races in the Mini 6.50 and Class40 circuits.

Ambitious, Ruyant aimed even higher and hoped to compete in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe. Fascinated by the technical development of the boats, he really wanted to sail a 60-foot IMOCA. Lacking the funding, he would stay ashore, but it was just a postponement. Meanwhile, he was able to hone his skills taking part for three seasons in the demanding Figaro circuit.

Mini 6.50, Class40, Figaro… Thomas has been through them all on his way to competing in the solo round the world race. On 6th November 2016 in les Sables d’Olonne, he will be there at the start of the eighth Vendée Globe. His aims to complete the race, but he also wants to get a good result. A clear indication of his character.

What proof do we have? As Armel Tripon did before in the Route du Rhum on this very same boat, Thomas Ruyant achieved an incredible fourth place on her in the Transat Jacques Vabre, which looks very promising.

IMOCA races historic

nautical resume

2015 - Transat St Barth - Port La Forêt

2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2015 - Rolex Fastnet Race

2013 - Rolex Fastnet Race

2013 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2013 - Tour de Bretagne à la voile

2013 - Solo Concarneau

2013 - Solitaire du Figaro

2012 - Solitaire du Figaro

2012 - Solo Les Sables

2011 - Solitaire du Figaro

2011 - Solo Les Sables

2011 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2010 - Route du Rhum

2010 - Record SNSM

2010 - Normandy Channel Race

2009 - Mini-Transat

2009 - Tour de France à la Voile

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