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6 December 2005, 03:24 pm
RIOU Named French Sailor Of The Year
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Yesterday evening at the traditional "Soirée des Champions" organized by the Fédération Française de Voile the winner of the Vendée Globe, Vincent RIOU succeeded Olympic Champion in the Mistral Faustine MERRET as French Sailor of the Year 2005.
The awards evening took place during the Nautical Paris Boat Show with RIOU beating nine other nominees to the award.

The other nine nominees were…

  • Jérémie BEYOU
    Winner of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro, French Offshore Racing Champion
  • Pascal BIDÉGORRY
    Winner of the IB Group, winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre, ORMA World Champion
  • Corentin DOUGUET
    Winner of the Transat 6'50, winner of four of the five stages of the Mini circuit
  • Fabien HENRY
    Winner of the Tour de France à la Voile, second at the Mumm 30 World Championship
  • Nicolas HUGUET
    Mistral World Champion, second at the Raceboard World Championship, winner at the Mediterranean Games
  • Claire LEROY
    Number one in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, third at the Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
  • Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX
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    For Vincent RIOU the
    celebrations continue
    © B Stichelbaut/Effets Mer

    Number one in the 470 ISAF World Sailing Rankings, 470 European Champions, third at the 470 World Championship
  • Bruno PEYRON
    New round the world record in the Trophee Jules Vernes as skipper of Orange II
  • Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU
    Star World Champions, third at the Star European Championship

RIOU was also one of the nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.

Fédération Française de Voile (As Amended By ISAF). Image, French Sailor of the Year Vincent RIOU:© Benoit Stichelbaut/DPPI/FFVOILE
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