Giancarlo PEDOTE

IMOCA Globe Series21th
Points52 pts
Age48 (12/26/75)
Top performance1st of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015 (Multi50)
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamPrysmian Group
BaseLorient (FRANCE)
PartnersPrysmian Group, Electriciens sans frontières., PARTENAIRES TECHNIQUES : Helly Hansen, Gottifredi Maffioli, Raymarine, Lombardini/Kohler
CommitmentElectriciens sans Frontières


Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Multi 50 in 2015, 2 times Champion de France Promotion Course au Large en Solitaire; 2 times in first position in the Mini 6.50 ranking, 2nd at the Minitransat 2013; Italian Sailor of the Year 2013 and 2015: Giancarlo Pedote is an atypical sailor. Graduated in Philosophy at the University of Florence, he has a very methodical approach to the discipline of sailing.

Author of two technical books on sailing, he started his career in Mini 6.50 in 2008 with Prysmian, a sponsor that will continue to follow him year after year. In 2014, he won all the races on the Mini circuit in the Atlantic: 5 races sailed and 5 won. In 2015, he joined Erwan Le Roux for a season in Multi 50, and won 6 of the 6 races including the Transat Jaques Vabre linking France (Le Havre) to Brazil (Itajaí).

In 2017, he joined Fabrice Amedeo's IMOCA project and worked hard to launch his own project. In 2019, Giancarlo Pedote found a boat and, supported by Prysmian Group and Electriciens sans Frontières, launched a Vendée Globe 2020 project. After an assiduous investment in all the races of the Championship, the Italian sailor will start his first round-the-world race. For 80 days, Giancarlo was able to preserve his boat while staying with the leading group with determination. He finished 8th, just a few hours after the winner of the event.

In 2021, the Italian skipper and Prysmian Group had a great season, ending with a 6th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Martin Lepape.

The winter was then put to good use by the team, who carried out a major refit with the grafting of a new, rounded bow, thus modernising the hull of this 2015 Verdier design, a first evolution which will be continued during the winter refit at the beginning of 2023 following the Route du Rhum.

The Italian sailor's objective is now to line up at the start of as many races as possible with a more competitive boat with a view to his second solo round the world race.

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - 21th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 19th
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 16th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 10th
2022 : Vendée Arctique - 12th
2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 8th
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th
2021 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 8th
2020 : Vendée Arctique - 8th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 17th
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 13th
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 9th
2019 : ArMen Race - Abandon
2019 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
2017 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 12th
2017 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 8th
Other highlights

2016: Marin de l’année en Italie
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner (Multi 50)
2015 : Grand Prix Guyader - Winner (Multi 50)
2015: Tour de Belle Ile - Winner (Multi 50)
2015: Armen Race - Winner (Multi 50)
2015: Grand Prix Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Winner (Multi 50)
2015: Trofeo Prince de Bretagne Sud Goëlo - Winner (Multi 50)
2014: Champion de France Promotion Course au Large en Solitaire
2014: Marin de l’année en Italie
2014: Lorient-Bretagne Sud Mini 2014 - Winner (Mini 6.50) 
2014: Les Sables Les Açores Les Sables 2014 - Winner (Mini 6.50)
2014: Pornichet Select - Winner (Mini 6.50) 
2014: Mini en Mai - Winner (Mini 6.50) 
2014: Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron - Winner (Mini 6.50) 
2014: Armen Race - 3rd (Class 40) 
2014: Route du Rhum - 10th (Class 40)
2013: Champion de France Promotion Course au Large en Solitaire
2013: Transat 6.50 - 2nd (Mini 6.50) 
2013: Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron - Winner (Mini 6.50)
2013: Trinité Plymouth - Winner (Mini 6.50) 


Sail numberITA 34
ArchitectVPLP/ Verdier
Construction2015, Vannes
Former namesSt-Michel - Virbac, Ucar-St-Michel
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMat Aile
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2
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