Giancarlo Pedote teams up with Anthony Marchand in the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Rolex Fastnet.
Having already participated in the Transat Jacques Vabre twice before (1rst in 2015), Giancarlo Pedote is once again preparing to take the start of the event. Like the last edition, the Italian sailor will be competing in the 60-foot IMOCA category, but this time he’ll be at the helm of his Verdier VPLP design in the colours of Prysmian Group, ) and also the NGO Electriciens sans frontiers (Electricians without borders). His teammate? A talented sailor and a stalwart of the demanding Figaro Bénéteau circuit, he too equipped with a steel will and extraordinary determination: Anthony Marchand, 2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro in the colours of the Royer Group. The decision was entirely natural, the two men sharing common human values and the same logic in terms of performance in the Rolex Fastnet and the Transat Jacques Vabre.
The same mindset, the same eye for performance
“I’m very confident. I’m super happy with the way things are going with us. The Rolex Fastnet Race will give us a chance to get to know each other a bit better. On a personal level, I’m setting sail with the same mindset as I had in the Bermudes 1000 Race Douarnenez – Brest back in May, because my primary objective is obviously to complete the race so as to rack up miles for the Vendée Globe qualification, but I also intend to go on the attack”, stresses Giancarlo. His co-skipper echoes this sentiment. “It’s primarily a training race and the important thing is to finish, but obviously we’re hoping to be in with a shout of a good place”, assures Anthony, who contrary to his associate, has already participated in the famous Fastnet Race once before. As such, he knows that there are numerous pitfalls in the event, since it groups together a large number of boats with very different speeds, the weather may well be very fickle along the course and the southern coast of England generally has a lot of surprises in store with its strong currents and the various repercussions of that. “It’s going to be a bit like a Figaro race, which I won’t be sorry about, but above all I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue to get to know Giancarlo and his boat, which really is a fantastic machine. The idea of getting involved in an IMOCA project has been going around by head for a while now. The Transat Jacques Vabre will be a great experience in this regard, especially alongside Giancarlo”, assures Anthony.