GRASSI AMELIE

25 years old

France

Lorient

In a relationship

Sailor

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“Either I win, or I learn”

Amélie Grassi unquestionably ranks among the favourites in the Mini-Transat 2019 amongst the production boats. In 2018, for her first season on the circuit, she secured some very fine results and finished 2nd in the French Singlehanded Offshore Racing Championship. “Before the Mini, I did a lot of top-level dinghy races, but never offshore. I didn’t know how to read a navigation chart” says the young woman, who has learnt her craft very quickly.

Graduating in employment law, she left Paris to settle in Brittany and follow in the footsteps of her mother, who participated in the Mini-Transat just ten years ago (2009). “It’s a fine project for continuing to live out my passion. Offshore racing and the Mini-Transat in particular, have been a source of inspiration to me for some years”, explains Amélie, who has a new Mini 6.50, a reliable, high-performance Pogo 3 she has named Tyrion, in reference to a famous character from the Game of Thrones series.

Amélie Grassi will set sail from La Rochelle with some fine ambitions. “I’m competitive, I’m in training and I’m working hard to give myself the means to win”, she says. “Whatever happens though, this Mini- Transat La Boulangère will be my greatest adventure and I’ll be very proud to get to the other side. Even if the expected result doesn’t pan out, I’m going to learn a massive amount in both sporting and human terms. I never lose. Either I win, or I learn.”

Nautical track record:

- Numerous dinghy races on a national and international level
- Participations in races on the Mini circuit 2018 (winner of the Plastimo Lorient Mini 6.50, 2nd in the Pornichet Select, 2nd in the Mini Fastnet)
- 2nd in the French Singlehanded Offshore Racing Championship 2018
- Participations in races on the Mini circuit 2019 (2nd in the Mini en Mai)