Very few Italian skippers have taken the start of the Vendée Globe. There was Vittorio Mallingri in 1992, Simone Bianchetti and Pasquale de Gregorio in 2000 , Alessandro di Benedetto in 2012. If Giancarlo Pedote succeeded in qualifying and being selected for the 2020 edition, he would not only be the 5th transalpine skipper to take the start, but also the first one to hustle in the outposts, comfortably placed among the front-running outsiders, just behind the class champions.…
44 years old
Very few Italian skippers have taken the start of the Vendée Globe. There was Vittorio Mallingri in 1992, Simone Bianchetti and Pasquale de Gregorio in 2000 , Alessandro di Benedetto in 2012. If Giancarlo Pedote succeeded in qualifying and being selected for the 2020 edition, he would not only be the 5th transalpine skipper to take the start, but also the first one to hustle in the outposts, comfortably placed among the front-running outsiders, just behind the class champions. He has indeed managed to take hold of the ex-St Michel-Virbac, one of the most coveted IMOCA 60 with an impressive record : 4th position in the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, 2nd position in the Route du Rhum 2018 and winner of the Transat Jacques-Vabre 2017.
For the past twelve years, the kid from Florence, the city, has been learning the ropes, mastering off-shore sailing discreetly in Bretagne, but embracing the specific codes of French sailing, while being audacious when needed. He revealed himself in the Mini-Transat 2013 in which he finished second on a 650 with a rounded stempost designed by David Raison. Next, he took hold of the title of champion in the France Promotion off-shore solo race twice in a row (2013, 2014).
He then ventured in more challenging settings, competed in the Route du Rhum 2014 in Class40 (10th), won the Transat Jacques-Vabre 2015 with Erwan Le Roux on a Multi-50, making him best sailor of Italy in 2016. After that, he finished 12th in the Transat Jacques-Vabre 2017 on Fabrice Amedeo’s IMOCA boat. He is now on the doorsteps of the Vendée Globe 2020, supported by the Prysmian Group, which has been supporting him for 12 years and which has expanded in parallel with him, until becoming the world leader in cables, energy systems and telecom solutions. Smiley, friendly, discreet, methodical and hardworker, Giancarlo Pedote is tracing his way on the game field of French off-shore sailing. And, without any noise, he’s carrying the image of the Vendée Globe across borders. In Italian, it is called « Prendere due piccioni con una fava » - to kill two birds with one stone. The guarantee of extreme effectiveness.
Fast,et Race, 9th
Bermudes 1000 Race, 3rd`
12th in the Transat Jacques-Vabre
Sailor of the year in Italy
Multi50 : 1st in the Transat Jacques-Vabre
Class Mini : Champion of France Promotion solo off-shore race
Class Mini : Winner of Les Sables – Les Açores – Les Sables
Class Mini: 2nd in the Mini-Transat (650)
Class Mini Champion of France Promotion solo off-shore race
IMOCA monohullPRYSMIAN GROUP
- Sail number : ITA 06
- The boat’s previous names: Saint-Michel - Virbac
- Designer: VPLP - Verdier
- Chantier : Multiplast
- Launch Date: 02 April 2015
- Length: 18,28m
- Beam: 5,80m
- Draught: 4,5m
- Displacement (weight): 8t
- Number of drifts: foils
- Mast height: 29m
- Keel blade: acier forgé
- Upwind sail area: 300m2
- Downwind sail area: 600m2
Prysmian Group – Electriciens sans frontières is the former St Michel-Virbac, on which Jean-Pierre Dick took once again 4th position in the Vendée Globe 2016-2020. It has also won the Transat Jacques-Vabre 2017. In 2018, Yann Eliès also finished second on this boat in the Route du Rhum. Originating from Guillaume Verdier and VPLP’s graphic palette, built at Multiplast, the IMOCA60 was designed to exploit foils. What was new in 2016 has now become an imponderable of off-shore sailing. The boat hasn’t evolved much but was reinforced before the 2016-2017 edition, allowing it to be one of the most reliable boats of the fleet. A powerful boat, very quick in downwind conditions, which has been one of the most sought-after boats between the two editions of the Vendée Globe.
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