Offshore Racing – The Ocean Race 2021 – Justine Mettraux: the world full of turns heads
Multiply experiences, either crewed or solo, off or on more coastal race formats on a medium or another, is certainly one of the safest ways to move forward. This, Justine Mettraux has understood, and long. The Swiss, who travels the waters and never ceases to expand quietly but surely his record for several years, traces his path with determination. Issues, objectives, risks, resources and skills to implement responsibilities: the sailor is aware of every aspect of a successful project. It does not lack ambition, let alone an opportunity when it presents itself to advance and elevate his game in his sights. Prestigious races such as the Vendée Globe or The Ocean Race, nothing less.
Sailing, a family story in Mettraux? True, and it has often repeated. “My parents had a boat that has grown in progressively birth of my brothers and sisters. We were of the family sailing on Lake Geneva and lake cruises or abroad during the holidays, “recounts Justine, second in a family of five. “This is a business and a passion that we share, and this generates a real support us. Still, each goes his own way, “added the Swiss, for whom participation in an offshore sailing camp in the south of France set up by the association Jeunesse 2000 at the age of 16 years has deeply shaken the things. Since then, the Tour de France Sailing Race (in 2008 and in 2010), Bol (won in 2010 aboard the Lady Cat D35 alongside Dona Bertarelli), Mini Transat (buckled in 2nd place in 2013 in boats series), Volvo Ocean Race (in 2014-2015 with Team SCA then from 2017 to 2018 with Dongfeng Race Team), Transat Jacques Vabre (finished off the podium in Class 40 in 2017 with Bertrand Delesne) or Solitaire du Figaro (marked by a remarkable 7th place in 2017) are part of the key events of the sailing world to which it took part and during which she has demonstrated both his seamanship and sense of the regatta.
Nothing better than the intensity of a world tour
“I always seized the different opportunities available to me because I think it is important not to be confined to one thing, and it is rewarding to vary the worlds,” said Justine appreciate as lonely as the crew. “I have the chance to play both ways. One used to be very full, while the other offers the opportunity to progress quickly and spend a lot of time on the water, “says the young woman of 33 years who dreams of both the Vendée Globe after four seasons made the highest-level on the circuit Figaro Bénéteau, but the Ocean Race. “My first two experiences on the Volvo Ocean Race were exceptional. Run around the world with stops, this is an intense adventure, but especially unique. Now I put one foot in and saw what it was, I have only one desire: to return! “Said Justine displays the will to take the start of the next scheduled edition in 2021-2022, mixing one design VO65 and IMOCA 60 hydrofoil. “I have hitherto little sailed IMOCA. Navigating this type of boat, foiler moreover, naturally interested me, “says the skipper, who hopes to participate in the next edition without by then desert the waters, far from it.
The mix still a subject?
For proof, for several weeks now, she trains with Class40 alongside his compatriots Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster aboard Bank of Geneva. Their goal: to bring down the prestigious record of the Tour of the British Isles (1 800 000) by 40 feet held since 2018 by Phil Sharp in 8 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes and 49 seconds. “We are preparing the best for this challenge, in particular increasing the workouts over longer journey, with several nights at sea,” Justine advance particularly motivated by this project 100% Swiss whose standby period will start mid-July. “For me, the goal remains the same: spend as much time on the water. With Valentine and Simon, we will have the means to do things well. They are serious in their preparation and their objectives and on my side, I know we constantly have things to learn from people and situations, “concludes Justine Mettraux.
Justine was born October 4, 1986 in Switzerland, it lies in Lorient.
2019 18th Solitaire du Figaro, 9th Solo Master Chef
2018: Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Dongfeng Race Team (participation in 2 stages)
11th Solitaire du Figaro, 10th in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale
2017: 7th in the Solitaire du Figaro, 4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40
2014 – 2015: 6th in the Volvo Ocean Race with Team SCA