Mini Transat: a woman beats men because of her instincts


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Never had a woman achieved such a result in the extremely tough solo race reserved for Mini class boats (6.50 meters long), this year contested in a single leg from the Spanish port of Sada to Point a Pitre on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Justine traveled a total of 4,075 miles at an average of 7.4 knots in just under 23 days. An endeavor made even more difficult, though without breakdowns, because it has been without a radio since the Canary Islands and thus without any possibility of communicating with land. Alone, which is as alone as you can get for 20 days And it is amazing that her performance has improved markedly and she has climbed pisitions upon pisitions just since she has not been able to receive information and communicate.

The typically female secret to her historic achievement she reveals, was instinct: “When you have no idea what your ranking is and no access to the weather forecast, you have to focus only on yourself to stay present at all times. A big psychological commitment. At the end of the strategy you have to rely only on your instincts, going along with the sea and wind conditions you encounter along the way.” Also typically feminine were the copious tears of happiness that streaked her face as she stepped onto the dock after the finish.


No woman had come so close to victory in the Mini Transat, not even Isabelle Autissier in 1987. Justine Mettraux, a Swiss from Geneva, was on her first experience in the legendary transatlantic race. His sailing career began, of course, on Lake Geneva. Then starting in 2008, she launched herself into the French Atlantic seas, participated in the Tour de France sailing on the Farr 30, and, in 2012, virtually never stopped sailing. Wins the race between France and England La Trinité – Plymouth, wins the Mini Fastnet and the first leg of the Les Sables-Azores-Le Sables. He had already won the Pornichet Select regatta in 2013. His Mini was put in the water in 2102, is called Teamwork and was built by the FR Nautisme shipyard, the design is by Axel de Beaufort/Alexis.



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