Pedote wins the Jacques Vabre and enters the elite of ocean sailing


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erwan-le-roux-et-giancarlo-pedote-copyright-martin-keruzore-team-fenetrea-prysmian-1 2Mission accomplished! Giancarlo Pedote and Erwan Le Roux won the Transat Jacques Vabre (5,400 miles from Le Havre to Itajaì) among the Multi 50, also taking third place overall (behind the two giant 100-footers Macif and Sodebo, who are practically out of the race) ahead of the very fast IMOCA 60s. Pedote thus confirms himself, data in hand, the greatest Italian sailor. It took Pedote and Le Roux 16 days, 22 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds to travel the theoretical 5,400 miles (10,000 kilometers) between Le Havre and Itajaì, clocking an average speed of 13.29 knots. In fact, the FenêtréA-Prysmian crew traveled 6,122 miles at an average of 15.06 knots.


It was not an easy regatta. The two started conservatively at the beginning, trying to get through the first part unscathed, which was characterized by high winds and many, many retirements. From fourth and last position, they were able to climb back up the ladder to take the lead in the race. But the vicissitudes were not over. Challenged by a tear in the top of the mainsail that forced them to sail permanently with one hand of reefing, the two skippers made the repair Saturday afternoon that held until they arrived in Itajaí. The two finished more than 200 miles ahead of their direct rivals Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss on Ciela Village.

This is yet another great achievement by Giancarlo: the 39-year-old, fresh from his second place in the 2013 Mini Transat (fourth in 2011), has bravely chosen to challenge himself on multihulls, with excellent results: together with Le Roux in 2015 he won all five regattas he participated in. Now what? Pedote has never hidden his dream of participating in the Vendée Globe: in theory, pre-registration closes in July 2016…





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