If we had to describe him in two words, Vincent Riou would be the « great versatile » ; because this sailor knows absolutely everything: designing, developping and optimizing boats, be a (very) good weather strategist, but also a skilled technician and a fierce and talented racing sailor. A Breton Swiss Army knife, in a way !
In addition to his ten victories on the IMOCA circuit, his record reveals his versatility: from the Laser to the Solitaire du Figaro, from the First Class 8 to the oceanic multihull and Diam 24, he has done everything or almost everything. Vincent reached a pinnacle today and is now dedicated to the transfer of knowledge with skipper Sébastien Simon who is taking part to Vincent’s IMOCA project for the Vendée Globe 2020-21.
Winner of the Défi Azimut on PRB in 2011 and 2015, and holder of the record for the Tour de Groix in 2015 (1h 08min 10sec).
2018: Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 4th
Défi Azimut : winner of the 24hours Azimut
2016-17: Vendée Globe - Withdrawal
2016: Transat NY-Vendée - 5th
The Transat Bakerly - 2nd
Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner with Sébastien Col
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner with Jean Le Cam
2012: Europa Heat'Up - Winner
2011: Transat B to B - 3rd
Winner of the Défi Azimut
Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
2010: Tour of Spain - 2nd
Route du Rhum - 5th
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th with Arnaud Boissières
2008: Vendée Globe - 3rd ex-aequo with Marc Guillemot
2007: Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
2003: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th with Jérémie Beyou
Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th with Jérémie Beyou