Vincent Riou

Vincent Riou (born January 9, 1972, Pont-l'Abbé, France) is a French sailor. He is the skipper of PRB, a 60-foot monohull. He won the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe.[1]

Vincent Riou
Vincent Riou 2006.jpg
Born(1972-01-09)January 9, 1972
Known forWinning the Vendée Globe

Recent eventsEdit

As part of his introduction to solo racing he helped prepared Michel Desjoyeaux’s 60-foot PRB for the 2000 edition of the Vendée Globe.

In the 2008 Vendée Globe, he lost his mast the day after a collision that occurred during the rescue of Jean Le Cam, whose boat had capsized.[2]

In the 2016 Vendée Globe, he sailed at a decent speed completing with front boats fitted with hydrofoils, but after 15 days 11 hours 58 minutes of racing and completing 27%[3] of the whole race, he was forced to retire after another collision with a UFO.[4] The almost exact same incident had happened to Vincent[5] in the 2012–2013 Vendée Globe with that he is easily one of the most unfortunate sailors of the Vendée Globe.



  1. ^ "Skippers: Vincent Riou". Vendée Globe. 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Jean Le Cam talks about his dramatic Vendee Globe rescue". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Ranking and race data – Vendée Globe". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ "News – Keel damage on PRB, Vincent Riou forced to retire – Vendée Globe". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ "Actualités – Vincent Riou abandonne – Vendée Globe" (in French). Retrieved 2018-11-13.