At only 31 years old, Martin Keruzoré has already earned a reputation for his compelling storytelling through photography and video as he travels the globe with his camera.

He inherited his love for the ocean from his father and, after spending his early creative career in Paris in the cinema and advertising industry, he soon returned to the world of sailing to bring his creative skills to the world of top level professional sailing.

Since 2013 he has joined crews as an Onboard Reporter in a variety of IMOCA and multihull sailing events before embarking on the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017, sailing around the world embedded with crews across the fleet. For 9 months, he brought the race to life from the inside capturing the highs and lows of the race and the peaks of human endurance and emotion through his lens and was most notably onboard the boat of race winners Dongfeng Race Team as they claimed victory.

Since then, he has been the OBR for the 2019 Sodebo Ultim3 in the Brest Atlantiques and the 2020 Trophée Jules Vernes attempt. In 2021 he is joining Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team as the onboard reporter for the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe.

About

Role

Onboard Reporter

Nationality

French

Date of birth

30 April 1989

Languages

French, English.

Sailing career highlights

Route des Princes (2013)
Brest Atlantiques (2019)
Trophée Jules Vernes attempt (2020)

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18.

Yoann on Martin

It’s awesome to have someone with Martin’s experience onboard. He’s very comfortable on the boat and we hardly notice him while he goes about his work. He’s also got a great relationship with the team which is important when he’s pointing a camera at us day and night. We’re excited to share the highs and lows of The Ocean Race Europe with our fans, through his lens.

Q&A

What was your first sailing memory?

I remember sailing onboard Pen Duick VI with Eric Tabarly (who was a friend of my father) when I was a child, but maybe my first time was sailing an Optimist with my friend Pierre Le Coq, who is a RSX world champion.

Who inspires you?

Top athletes in sports in general inspire me – their stories, their motivation. They can spend years and even decades working to achieve their goal.

What is your favourite quote?

“Happy at sea.” I need to be close to the sea or just look at it once a week and I feel happy and grateful. The sea is a big part of my life and I can’t live far away from it.

What is your favourite food?

I love all the French cuisine, like Le boeuf bourguignon, pot au feu, boeuf aux carottes and blanquette de veau. My mother used to cook that when I was kid and I still love it.

What was your childhood sailing dream?

I did lot of windsurfing when I was young, so my dream was to become a windsurfing champion, but when I grew older all I was focussed on was to do the Volvo Ocean Race as an OBR.

What items do you always take with you when you go sailing?

I always bring my camera, because it’s part of my job and I love to capture some magic moments even when I’m not working.

What hobbies do you have when not sailing?

I like exploring the mountains, hiking and discovering new horizons with people that I love.

Give us an example of a sustainable attitude to life – what do you do for a better world?

I try very hard to reduce single-use plastic every day. I have used a reusable water bottle for 3 years now. I collect the rain water at home to reuse for the washing machines and toilettes, and I have set up composting in my garden for my trees and plants.

What advice would you give to young sailors to protect the planet?

Keep the ocean and our land clean. You can go to the beach and clean it even when you are with your sailing mate. Even a little piece of plastic each day is a good way to start.

Next race: The Ocean Race Europe

I’m looking forward to jumping into The Ocean Race Europe and to sharing some exciting stories from onboard Racing For The Planet with our friends around the world.