Thomas Ruyant



  • Lorient
  • 41 years old

Thomas Ruyant knows how to win. After a period in IMOCA marked by ill fortune and bad luck, compromised by technical failures such as retiring from the 2016-17 race and damaging his port foil when challenging for the lead on the 2020-2021 race, the skipper from the very north of France won the two handed Transat Jacques Vabre last fall sailing with with Morgan Lagravière. And so Ruyant becomes one of the few sailors who can boast of great success in almost all classes (Mini, 6.50, Class40 and Imoca). Ruyant is super competitive, hard driving and focused on the end result.  In 2021, he achieved a superb Vendée Globe by finishing in sixth place. In so doing he demonstrated that he can combine performance and social conscience working with his partners: LinkedOut, a network that puts struggling people back to work, and with Advens, a leader independent of cybersecurity. He has achieved a lot on his own with the support of a group of businesses and individuals in his native north of France, around Dunkirk and the surrounding area. Even if he had no particular role models or mentor, but with the support of this passionate group he has built a life as a sailor with his company, TR Racing, whilst accomplishing in different areas, sport, business and helping society. He is convinced that sailing and adventure on the sea are powerful tools for promoting good causes. He is low key but caring and discreet Ruyant has a strong future with a new boat in build. 



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  • Sail number: FRA 59
  • Architect: Verdier
  • Construction: Perisco Marine, Italie
  • Launch Date: 2019
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,85 m
  • Draught: 4,5 m
  • Weight: 8 tonnes
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Upwind sail area: 320 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 430 m2
  • Foils: Oui

His prizelist

  • 2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - retired
  • 2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre (with Morgan Lagravière) - 1st
  • 2021 : Défi Azimut - 3rd
  • 2020-21 : Vendée Globe - 6th
  • 2020 : Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d’Olonne - 3rd
  • 2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th
  • 2018 : Transat AG2R La Mondiale (with Adrien Hardy) – 1st
  • 2016-17 : Vendée Globe – retired
  • 2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th
  • 2010 : Route du Rhum – 1st (Class40)
  • 2009 : Mini Transat - 1st