Tanguy de Lamotte
Before becoming skipper, Tanguy worked as a naval architect and a shipbuilder and made his mark in all three fields.He first got into sailing during his childhood holidays on the coast of Brittany.At the age of 15, he took part in the High School Cup and in 1997 (having passed his A’levels), he crossed the channel to Southampton in England to study as a naval architect.There he met a number of people who would influence his career.Among those he met were Ellen MacArthur, Brian Thompson and Nick Moloney who all had theMini Transat in common.Tanguy helped them to prepare their boats for this legendary race, with the secret hope of one day designing and building his own Mini 6.50 to sail solo across the Atlantic.
He achieved this dream in 2002, with the completion of his boat, then in 2005, with his participation in the Mini Transat race in which he finished 7th.He is passionate about the technical aspect of projects and boat design.
He joined the Simon Rogers architect company to produce the drawings for his Class40, which he continued to sail in and to achieve excellent results in, winning the Solidaire du Chocolat event in 2009.
He took part in the Route du Rhum race in 2010 (finishing 14th) and won the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Normandy Channel Race with Sébastien Audigane in 2011.
In partnership with the “Initiative-coeur” Foundation and the "Mécénat Chirurgie cardiaque” association, which he had supported for many years and which helps children with heart problems to come to France to be operated on, in 2012 he sailed Catherine Chabot's latest boat in the most legendary of solo races:the Vendée Globe also known as the “Everest of the seas” – a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance.
In addition to working with an outstanding sailor, helping Tanguy in this human adventure has naturally inspired the Tribord teams.The Basque Country brand will provide Tanguy with all the equipment he needs to sail round the world, in particular providing new seafaring attire that will be pushed beyond its limits in the most difficult sea conditions for 3 months of non-stop sailing. Tanguy will share his feedback with the brand’s design teams when he sets foot back on terra firma to help improve the complete range.