Date of Birth: 21 August 1981
In: Plougastel-Daoulas, France
Legs sailed in this edition: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
In-Port Races: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Gothenburg
Something you don't know about her: Marie comes from a talented sailing family – her brothers Gwénaël and Morgan are also big names on the French sailing scene.
Who she is: A Volvo Ocean Race newbie, Riou comes into the event fresh from competing in the 2016 and 2012 Olympic Games. She’s a multiple world champion, having made a name for herself in the Nacra 17 class alongside long-time sailing partner Billy Besson – and links up with Dongfeng keen to test her mettle offshore.