The Italian sailor Giancarlo Pedote has just acquired Jean-Pierre Dick's former Virbac-Paprec aboard which Yann Eliès will race in the 2018 Route du Rhum. The boat will be made available to the italian sailor in january 2019. His faithful sponsor Prysmian Group, who has been at his side now for several years, will enable him to train for the 2020 Vendée Globe before he finds additional partners to allow him to compete.
Giancarlo Pedote has spent most of his ocean-racing career in the Mini circuit, but he has also raced in the Figaro and Class40 circuit. He finished in second place the 2013 Mini-Transat aboard a prototype designed by David Raison. A married father of two, he currently lives in Brittany. The world of IMOCA sailing is not really a discovery for him, as he was Fabrice Amedeo co-skipper in the last Transat Jacques Vabre.