After getting the 2014 season off to a great start with his victory in the 2014 Lorient-Bretagne Sud Mini (achieved in doubles with Sébastien Josse), Giancarlo Pedote aboard Prysmian 747 replicated solo at the Pornichet Select, the second Atlantic regatta of the Mini 6.50 Class and the first race valid for the Championnat de France “Promotion” Course au Large.
A TOUGH RACE
The Pornichet Select is one of the most challenging regattas of the year, with its 300-mile solo course among the islands and buoys of the southern coast of Brittany and Vendée. After passing the disengagement mark in third position, Giancarlo immediately took the lead with his proto Prysmian 747 and led the entire race, managing his accumulated advantage. Giancarlo crossed the finish line at 11:39 and 15 seconds after 46 hours and 20 minutes of sailing.
The competition was held in light wind conditions, practically always under 15 knots.
“A good thing,” declares Giancarlo, “because I was able to compare myself immediately with these conditions where the boat still has potential. But I’m satisfied, because I’m learning to advance the boat better and better even in light breezes.“
It was great to participate in the Pornichet Select as the first solo regatta of the year
– he continues to tell –
because it has an interesting format: 300 miles with little sleeping space. It therefore represents excellent training in preparation for longer sailings.It was two very cold nights because of the anticyclone that settled in the Bay of Biscay; at times it was necessary to maneuver to keep from getting too cold.”
“The boat is ready, there are upgrades to be made, but overall I am satisfied. I am happy with this victory: this is the fourth time I have participated in this regatta, and it has always been a progression: sixth, fifth, second and today first.I thank the sponsors for supporting me and continuing to follow me in my project“.