Fabrice AMEDEO


Fabrice AMEDEO

42 years old

Levallois-Perret et La Trinité-sur-Mer

« Reporters at sea » could have well been Fabrice Amedeo’s website address during his first experience of the Vendée Globe in 2016-2017. At the time, he was navigating between two worlds  – half journalist, half sailor. Passionate about sea, he passed all stages of offshore racing - from the Figaro course to Class40 with Armel Tripon and finally the IMOCAs – when

his official scheduled allowed it. At his return from the ultimate off-shore sailing race, he was definitively hooked on and eager for more. He gave up his status of employee at the Figaro newspaper to become skipper full-time.


Communicating his passion about off-shore racing, Fabrice Amedeo knows how to describe its levers in the books he has dedicated to it. He is talented in writing and speaking, which has helped him to convince his partners for the Vendée Globe 2020, Newsrest (already present in 2016) and Art & Fenêtres, “AF as in Amedeo Fabrice,” he likes to say. This participation will be of another level for him as the skipper now has the means to conquest all seas, even the most roaring ones. “I will have real but measured ambitions,” says the graduate in Philosophy and Political Science.


Fabrice Amedeo continues learning and particularly on the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe 2018 which he finished at a slow pace after experiencing damage. “But this foiler is wicked,” he confessed, certain to have found the right boat for his ambitions. Finishing this race – his third – was above all to qualify for a position at the start of the ninth Vendée Globe. It’s done. Now the sailor from Segré, in Maine-et-Loire, must take control of his boat entirely to enjoy its full potential of speed.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA 56
  • The boat’s previous names: No Way Back
  • Designer: VPLP/Verdier
  • Chantier : Persico Marine
  • Launch Date: 01 August 2015
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,85 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 7 t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: monotype
  • Upwind sail area: 320 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 570 m2

Newrest – Art & Fenêtres is the former Vento di Sardegna, a state-of-the-art VPLP-Verdier design which was originally intended for Italian Andrea Mura before his sponsors threw in the towel. Built in Italy at Persico Marine and launched in the summer of 2015, it is sold to Dutch Peter Heerema who renamed it No Way Back and finished his solo round-the-world in 2016-2017 at 17th place. This latest-generation foiler is a sistership of Armel Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire, winner of the last Vendée Globe. Since the summer of 2017, the foiler has been bought by Fabrice Amedeo and  taken 12th position in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe race.



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