Manon Audinet, Skipper on the women's America's cup french team

Embrace your uniqueness, follow your passions, and never doubt your abilities.

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- Can you describe your job and your daily missions?

As the skipper of the French Women's America's Cup project, my role is quite unique as it marks the inaugural Women's Cup. My mission is to lead the team to the highest level and ultimately win this historic first edition. I'm at the base every day, collaborating with the Challenger Team and undergoing accelerated training. Afterwards, I transfer the knowledge gained to my team, and we train together during week-long sessions, trying to learn as fast as possible.

- What are the values that drive you on a daily basis in your profession?

The values that drive me daily in my profession are integrity, passion, resilience, collaboration, continuous improvement, empathy, and impact.

- What message do you want to send on the occasion of International Women's Day? And especially for young women?

International Women's Day is a celebration of your strength, resilience, and limitless potential. As you navigate through life, remember that your dreams are valid, your voice matters, and your actions can spark change.

Embrace your uniqueness, follow your passions, and never doubt your abilities. You have the power to break barriers, shatter stereotypes, and carve out your own path towards success.

Believe in yourself, embrace the journey, and never underestimate the impact you can make.

We are also delighted to collaborate on projects with men. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

- Affirming your place as a woman at sea or in a company, what does that inspire you?

There's this incredible sense of strength knowing I can handle anything whether it's rough waves or tough business decisions. Being out there, doing my thing, I'm showing other women and girls that we belong everywhere. That's pretty cool! It's not just about me – it's about being part of an awesome community of women who support each other, and cheer each other on.

All in all, being a woman in these environments fills me with pride, purpose, and a whole lot of passion!

- The main issues for greater parity between men and women in your workplace ?

In our sport, and especially in this project, we're fortunate to see good gender parity in project involvement. However, a key challenge we face is the need for additional training time to narrow the experience gap between men and women on foiling boats. By dedicating more time to training, we can ensure that women have equal opportunities to excel and perform at the same level as men.

- Where did your passion for the sea come from?

My love for the sea has been with me since I was a kid. Whether I was chilling at the beach with my family or cruising on our boat, I've always been drawn to the ocean. There's just something about being outdoors, feeling the breeze, soaking up the sun, with friends that makes me feel alive and happy. Plus, it's opened up a world of exploration for me, allowing me to discover new places and cultures wherever the tide takes me. The sea isn't just a place to me; it's my happy place, my playground, and my endless source of adventure.