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Elizabethan 35

Boat Name: Petrel

Status: provisional


Why the GGR?

At the age of 13, my passion for the sea was ignited when I discovered the island of Groix. From that day on, I had one goal: to become a sailor. I started as a deckhand on old Breton sailing ships before joining the National Merchant Marine School. This training combines navigating cargo ships and maintaining their machinery, preparing to become a merchant marine officer.

During my training, I had the opportunity to take two gap periods. The first allowed me to discover woodworking and boatbuilding through a marine carpentry course in Douarnenez. There, I rediscovered the joy of sailing on old ships and the satisfaction of manual labor. The second period was dedicated to offshore racing for the OGR 2023 aboard Pen Duick VI with Marie Tabarly, where I participated in the Cape Town-Auckland and Auckland-Punta del Este legs. These stages were wonderful, and the human adventure on board was incredible, reinforcing my desire to participate in the GGR.

Mathys and the crew of Pen Duick VI round Cape Horn in the 2023 OGR. Credit: Pen Duick VI / OGR

For me, the GGR represents an ideal goal, rich in learning and challenges. While it can seem daunting, it is mostly exhilarating, and I am convinced that this is the right direction for me. I experienced the Southern Oceans and navigation without GPS, which embodies the essence of being a sailor: feeling at home, feeling alive, and knowing how to read and interpret the elements.

Today, I am finishing my officer training, seeking funding for my project, and looking for partners. I need to refit Petrel and dedicate time to training to hone my seamanship skills and ensure the boat’s reliability.

The race has already begun, and my journey to become a sailor continues.

Best and worst aspects

The Golden Globe Race is an incredible adventure and an exceptional opportunity to sail around the world. It’s a significant challenge, and I can’t wait to embark on this journey. So the best will be the opportunity and the worst will be to be patient until it happens.


Petrel is an Elizabethan 35 and was built in 1968 by Wauquiez according to the Kim Holman design.

Length Overall (LOA)34′ 7″10.64 m
Waterline Length (LWL)25′7.69 m
Beam9′ 1″2.79 m
Draught5′1.50 m
Displacement14,000 lbs6,350kg

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