It was with sadness that he placed his bags back on land, full of memories spanning three months
of navigation, that Vincent Riou turned his thoughts to 2012. The young Breton
of 32 years has in fact brought his official support to the Paris 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games candidacy.
"I would be extremely proud if Paris and France is chosen to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games
in 2012" he said, adding: "The Games are actually the biggest sporting event imaginable,
one that encompasses all the disciplines, nations, and the best athletes in the
world". A valuable declaration when you think about what Vincent Riou.
Married with one son, this Breton has single-handedly circumnavigated the globe, non-stop
and with no assistance, a total of 40,000km. A real water marathon of 87 days
10 hours 47 minutes and 55 seconds, five days better than his mentor, Michel Desjoyaux,
winner of the 2000/2001 Vendée Globe.
A shining star of the sailing world today, Vincent Riou is far from being a beginner. He is
a renowned French Champion in Match Racing, (EDITOR'S NOTE: regatta between two
boats) in 1994, and twice French Champion in First Class 8 (1997 and 1998). In
2000, he prepared the 60 foot PRB of Michel Desjoyaux for the Vendée Globe and
was assistant of the same race to finish first.
With his victory, Thursday, at the Sables d'Olonne, Vincent Riou has clearly illustrated that
the relay with the PRB team has been a great success.