Giancarlo PEDOTE 8th
The skipper of Prysmian Group crossed the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne this Wednesday 15 July at 01h 57’ 50’’ (French time) after 10 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes and 50 seconds of racing. He covered 3,200.8 miles at an average of 12.78 knots, which equates to 11.21 knots over the theoretical course (2,807.3 miles). Aboard his 2015 foiling VPLP Verdier design, the Italian sailor finishes 8th in the Vendée-Arctique- les Sables d’Olonne, 5 hours 13 minutes and 42 seconds behind the winner Jérémie Beyou.
Aboard Jean-Pierre Dick’s former boat St-Michel – Virbac, Giancarlo set sail on this Atlantic triangle via Iceland and quite far north of the Azores to give his new foiling steed a trial run. After a difficult run out of the starting blocks due to months without sailing and a few minor technical issues early on, Giancarlo quickly found his feet again and finished his first solo race of the year in brilliant fashion. At ease on his boat and happy at sea the Italian, who won the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015 alongside Erwan Le Roux and shone in the Mini 6.50 in 2014, clearly hasn’t lost an ounce of his vast on-the-water experience, as evidenced in the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne.