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Mini Transat: What happened on the first stage

The first stage of the Mini Transat, won in the series division by German teenager Melwin Fink (19) with a big lead over his pursuers, has produced confusion, as he was one of the very few who did not to stop during a big storm. Now 19 requests for redress have been filed with the jury. Tip & Shaft reconstructed the facts by interviewing the main players.

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PYL was a journalist at L’Express for 15 years, where he covered not only sailing but also wrote on politics and economics until July 2015. He has been the author of the blog Au Large for a decade.

He is an experienced racer, sailing for many years in the Mini (Mini-Transat 2001) and Class40 (Route du Rhum 2014).

He co-founded Tip & Shaft with Axel Capron in November 2015.

Axel Capron


Starting out as a sports journalist at Teléstar, Axel joined the editorial staff of Sports.fr to cover sailing among other sports, before rising to the role of chief editor.

He was then appointed Newsweb’s sports news editor (Lagardère Active Media Group) until March 2015.

He co-founded Tip & Shaft with Pierre-Yves Lautrou in November 2015.

Frédéric Chevance

Frédéric Chevance


As a media and digital professional with more than 25 years of experience, Frédéric has worked in France and abroad for groups such as Canal + España – Prisa, Telefónica, Music Choice (Warner/Sky), Infospace, the Fox group among others.

He also works as an investor and advisor in start-ups at the crossroads of media and new technologies.

Frédéric Chevance joined Tip & Shaft’s founders in 2020 to support the company in its development.

Amandine Luce

Amandine Luce


Amandine graduated with a Master’s degree in strategic marketing and communication in 2012. Her first professional experiences were in the world of sailing at Eol sports, Mer & Média and Adrena.

In 2016, she joined Audencia Business School in Nantes as Head of Communication and Relationship Marketing. In the summer of 2020, Amandine returned to the sailing world as social media manager for La Solitaire du Figaro.

She joined Tip & Shaft in July 2021 to take charge of digital marketing.

Violette Genot

Violette Genot


Violette is a student in communication and digital marketing at INSEEC Bordeaux and is passionate about sail racing.

In order to combine her passion with her professional life, Violette joined Tip & Shaft in April 2021 as a content and digital marketing manager.

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Violette Lemercier

Events Project Manager

After a Master’s degree in management and human resources management and three years of high-level sailing in the 49erFX, Violette joined the Decathlon group.

She worked there for two years as a department manager, before joining the Tribord design team to develop the Regatta range.

In October 2021, she joined Tip & Shaft to take charge of event organization.

Andi Robertson rédige l'édition internationale du média expert de la voile de compétition Tip & Shaft

Andi Robertson


A career sailing journalist for over 30 years, Andi worked for regional and national newspapers for some 20 years including acting as The Times‘ sailing correspondent covering two Olympics.

He has worked for all of sailing’s major events including the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Vendee Globe plus dozens of key French races such as the Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre, Tour Voile and La Solitaire.

He is offshore columnist for Yachts and Yachting magazine.

Jean-Christophe Chrétien coordonne la régie publicitaire du media des pros et des passionnés de voile de compétition Tip & Shaft.

Jean-Christophe Chrétien


Jean-Christophe has several years of experience in media company management – Avenir France, JCDecaux, France Télévisions Publicité, Phenix Groupe – and launched Evolution Media in 2016.

In particular, he runs a department dedicated to supporting brands in the world of sailing and ocean racing. He has been in charge of the Tip & Shaft advertising network since 2017.

Le podcast de voile de compétition et de course au large Into The Wind, reçoit les plus grands marins, de l'IMOCA au Figaro, de la Route du Rhum au Vendée Globe en passant par les plus grands moments de course au large.

The podcast of top sailors (in French)

In Into The Wind, the sailors take the time to look back over their course and tell each other all about their long journey, from their beginnings and their galleys to the glory and the top of the podiums…

By exploring their trajectories, Into The Wind seeks to understand how those who go out to sea on a race, for a day, a week, a month or a quarter, alone or with a crew, in the bay or around the world, are built.

Sailors, men or women, are often of few words. By giving them time and letting them talk, Into The Wind has only one objective: to take to sea with them.

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