33 years old


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From Lake Geneva to the ocean

Arnaud Machado is one of the ‘repeat offenders’ competing in the Mini-Transat 2019. His first participation dates back to 2015 when he secured 12th place in the production boat category. “After my first Mini in 2015, I was addicted to the world of offshore racing. It’s thanks to the Mini that I want to continue to train and make progress in this environment. I’m very happy to have taken the leap into the unknown and to have clung onto my dream”, says a delighted Arnaud, who is setting sail this year with justifiable ambitions.

Before discovering the open ocean, Arnaud learnt the basics on Lake Geneva. From 4 years of age, he began sailing during cruises with his parents. Various experiences ensued in Optimist, Europe (a singlehanded sailing dinghy), 420, JOD24 and then a 14-metre yacht. Next, he sailed double-handed on a Surprise. “For three seasons, I really enjoyed sailing with my crewmate, but I soon realised that the essence of my passion stems from sailing singlehanded. And so was hatched a fantasy to race singlehanded across the Atlantic”, explains Arnaud.

For his second participation in the Mini-Transat, he will be at the helm of a Pogo 3 launched in 2015 and with whom Tom Dolan finished 6th in 2017. For his motto, Arnaud Machado harks back to Goethe: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Nautical track record:

- 12th in the Mini-Transat 2015 (production)
- Winner of the Mini en Mai 2019
- Participations in races on the Mini circuit in 2018 and 2019
- Sailing on Lake Geneva on an Optimist, Europe, 420, JOD24, Surprise…