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Tanguy De Lamotte / Initiatives-coeur

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Tanguy De Lamotte recently bought the monohull formerly known as Whirlpool, which competed in the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 Vendee Globe. That older generation Lombard Plan underwent serious renovation work. Tanguy and his team worked extremely hard and they were advised and they received advice from Michel Desjoyeaux’s team to prepare the “Initiatives Coeur” boat for a new round-the-world adventure!

Former Names: Whirlpool, Tiscali, Proform, Le Pingouin
Designer: Marc Lombard
Construction: MAG France
Launch date: 1998
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.30 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement (weight): 9 tons
Centre boards: 2
Mast height: 29 m
Keel blade: Mechanically welded steel
Sail area upwind: 260 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 580 sq metres


Nationality :
Résidence : Lorient
Age : 34
Boat : Initiatives-coeur
Website : www.initiatives-coeur.fr
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : First participation.

In addition to being a skipper, Tanguy is a boat designer and builder and he is proud of wearing these three hats. He has not always been a sailing enthusiast, which is why, besides some recreational sailing during summer vacations spent in Brittany, Tanguy did not spend much time on a boat as a child. He loved judo instead. But at the age of 15, two consecutive cervical vertebrae injuries forced him to give it up. In the same period, he caught the sailing virus after participating in the High School Trophy.

Skipper, designer and shipbuilder

After graduating in 1997, he went to Southampton to study naval architecture. He met several key people there who turned out to be crucial for his career: Ellen Mac Arthur, Brian Thompson and Nick Moloney, who all chose to compete in the Vendee Globe after sailing in the Mini Class. Tanguy helped them prepare their respective boats for the epic race, secretly hoping to design and build his own Mini 6.50 and cross the Atlantic alone on it one day.

His dream came true in 2002 with the launch of his boat on which he competed in the 2005 Mini Transat, finishing 7th. What Tanguy finds truly interesting is the technical side of such projects, as well as the boat design of course. That is why he joined the Simon Rogers yacht design firm, where he designed the class40 boat on which he still sails and performs well, winning the first edition of the Solidaire du Chocolat. He is now about to race in his first Vendée Globe in a partnership with Initiatives and Mécénat Chirurgie Cardique. This should help the French skipper forget about the disappointing end of 2011, when he had had to retire in the Transat Jacques Vabre because of a damaged keel.

Wins and Performances

7th place in the Solidaire du Chocolat (with Jean Galfione)


Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race

15th place in the Route du Rhum

Winner in the Solidaire du Chocolat

Winner in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Winner of the Class 40 World Championships

3rd place in the Quebec -St Malo Transat

6th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre

Record of the Mediterranean Sea crossing on ORANGE 2

Other results
4 Tours de France (12th place in 1997, 14th place in 1998, 9th place in 2001, 16th place in 2002)
3 Open 1/2 Clé (3rd place in 2003 and 2005, Winner in 2006)

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