Marie Riou


Role: Trimmer/Driver


Date of birth: August 21, 1981 in Landerneau, France

Lives: France

Languages: French and English

Greatest achievement?
Four time world champion in Nacra 17

Sailing highlights:
2013: World Champion on Nacra 17
2014: ISAF World Champion on Nacra 17
2016: World Champion on Nacra 17

What she said:
Whether we’re men or women it doesn’t change anything. We are all sailors, we have the same goals, the same passion, the same dreams.”

Volvo Ocean Race experience:
This is her first

Favourite quote?
Carpe diem.

Best advice that anyone has ever given you?
Enjoy your life and realise your dreams - life is too short.

What makes you happy or angry?
Happiness? That is all about being on the water, especially sailing. When I am not sailing I like to ski, surf and windsurf. Injustice makes me angry.

Who inspires you?
Carolijn Brouwer at this moment in time.

What is the single thing you miss most when at sea?
My bed.

What is the food or drink you miss most when at sea?
Steak and chips.

Charles on Marie:
“She is strong, she has a good spirit – which is the most important thing for me – and she is used to sailing with the guys,” he said. “For her the Volvo Ocean Race is a dream and, like Carolijn, Marie is focused on a strong performance.”

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