Since their recent participation in the Défi Azimut, Giancarlo Pedote and Anthony Marchand have spared no effort. In fact, as planned, the two men have launched straight into a training session offshore of Lorient, accompanied by a rigging specialist, an electronics engineer, an architect from the VPLP design office and the coach from Lorient Grand Large, Tanguy Leglatin, who has been supporting the skipper of Prysmian Group since his Mini 6.50 years. “It’s been a very productive outing as there’s been a lot of discussion, both on the water and back in the dock, assisted by the fact that we were able to make the most of a fairly steady breeze to continue to enhance our understanding and test the boat. We still plan to arrive at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, on 27 October 2019, with the machine prepared as best we can and we’re continuing to work towards that goal”, explains the Italian sailor, who has already scheduled in another outing, this time for 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday. “We should once again benefit from 20 to 25 knots of breeze, doubtless with a few stronger squalls. It’s always interesting to rack up the miles and the experiences in such conditions, as they are fairly typical of those we’ll encounter during the first few days of the transatlantic race next month”, concludes Giancarlo, who plans to set sail next week solely in double-handed format, without a technician this time, in a bid to continue with the work he and his associate began together in July.