Tanguy De Lamotte / Initiatives-coeur
The 2016 Vendée Globe has been launched
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The final battle before the finish in Itajai
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A double-handed transatlantic race for the Vendée Globe heroes
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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) 2011
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
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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