Journalist or sailor? Both at the same time! Originally from Segré near Angers, Fabrice Amedeo is in civilian street holder of a press card and writes for the Figaro newspaper. He became Interested in the sea because of cruises on his family’s small 22-foot boat, he has since led a double life. Working for the Paris-based newspaper and spending his holidays and his free time out on the water.
After competing in IRC races, such as the Spi Ouest France and the Fastnet, he switched directions somewhat in 2008 moving to the very demanding Figaro school, thanks to a six-month break to gain experience of the Solitaire and the Transat AG2R. But Fabrice Amedeo is also an author. He has so far written six books, half of which are about ocean racing. A graduate in Philosophy and Politics, he found the means to compete in a Class40, boats that are halfway between the Figaro and the big 60-foot IMOCAs we see in the Vendée Globe. He was able to learn a lot alongside professionals like Armel Tripon, with whom he achieved some success with podium places in this circuit.
He is just discovering IMOCAs, but this is not a chance encounter. While writing a book about the Volvo Ocean Race with a certain Sébastien Josse, his love of the oceans was clear and the latter asked him why he didn’t give it a go. He took up the challenge. A few years later, we can see the result. The journalist is to compete in the Vendée Globe! Aboard a boat, which has shown what she can do, Fabrice’s goal is above all to complete the race… and to share his adventure. We expect a lot from ohim, particularly with his “reporters du large” project (see his website) as he has already shown he has a lot of talent in that field. One that will charm the general public? In late 2015, Fabrice finished in eighth place in the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Eric Péron, who had just got over competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. He learnt a lot during this race… and intends to continue to learn between now and the start of the Everest of the seas on 6th November 2016. As he says, this is going to be a huge challenge. We’re certain of that.