PERRIN ANTOINE

33 years old

France

Lorient (56)

CELIBATAIRE

Category Manager at Plastimo

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“Slowly, but surely”

“For over 10 years, I’ve always harboured the idea of taking part in this unique race. Several friends have done it and even won the Mini-Transat, which is even more inspirational! I’m doing this event to cross an ocean, alone, with no means of communication, powered solely by the wind and the sun! In an ultra-connected world where the pace is very quick, setting sail on a boat ‘cut off from the world’ is a privilege that appeals to me.”

Antoine Perrin really thought his Mini-Transat dreams were dead in the water when his boat, a Lombard design and sistership to the formidable 800, suffered a freak accident. “In late 2018, in Porto, as the boat was being relaunched after being careened, the crane fired up all on its own and Victor Turpin (joint owner) and I could only watch her being wrecked. Mast broken in half, broken standing rigging, pulpit, pushpit and stanchions bent, keel scraped, etc.”, explains Antoine. “We made the most of the refit to reinforce her in the right places and make her reliable: new mast, new asymmetric daggerboards, new pit, new halyards and sheets among, other things. This incident is part of the story on the road that will lead us to Le Marin in November 2019!” Antoine’s mottos: “Slowly, but surely” and “several problems = several solutions, always!”

Nautical track record:

- Started out on a 420 and a Moth Europe
- Participation in French Espoir Championships on a First Class 7.50 (3rd in 2008)
- Numerous victories and podiums in the Mediterranean IRC Championship from 2011 to 2018
- Participation in races on the Mini circuit in 2017, 2018 and 2019