The Vendée Globe, the perfect mix of adventure and competition
Now positioned in 10th place, Giancarlo Pedote is charging along at an average of over 18 knots this Friday. These speeds are a sea change in relation to those of recent days and naturally it’s a morale boost for the skipper of Prysmian Group. “Right now, we have breeze, which is just about in line with the grib file forecasts. It’s a nice position to be in because when that’s not the case, you question yourself a great deal and constantly challenge your sail choices, etc. Right now, we’re posting good speeds and racking up the miles as we drop down towards the south-east”, explained the Italian sailor. “Yesterday, I had quite a long chat via VHF with Damien Seguin and Benjamin Dutreux, who I had visual contact with and took a photo of. It was funny to end up so close together in the middle of the South Atlantic. Afterwards, I cooked up a good dinner, as usual, then I was able to have a bit of a chat with my kids before they went to sleep. I was finally able to get a bit of sleep myself of a quality that suited my needs. I feel very determined today”, commented Giancarlo, with his competitive spirit ever present. “To my mind, the Vendée Globe is a big adventure which you treat as a competition. When you have to really be on it, I am, but I remain on the look-out to ensure the boat stays in tip-top condition and check there are no signs of premature wear on the gear. We know that we still have 20,000 miles ahead of us and that if we break something it’s imperative we repair it. Given the length of the race, there are bound to be a massive amount of complications and you have to confront them and find solutions to be able to continue your race, which is not necessarily something you have to do during a shorter exercise, such as a transatlantic. By way of a comparison, during a Formula 1 Grand Prix, if a racing driver encounters a slight issue, he doesn’t go into the pits to repair his car on his own, but if he was heading off on a 40,000-kilometre race, like us, it would be in his best interests to do that at some point to make it to the end”, concludes Giancarlo Pedote.