Giancarlo PEDOTE

IMOCA Globe Series6th
Points220 pts
Age47 (12/26/75)
Top performance1st of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015 (Multi50)
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamPrysmian Group
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, has a very methodical approach to the discipline of sailing.

In his past also boxing and full contact. Author of two Technical books on sailing, began his career in Mini 6.50 in 2008 together with Prysmian, sponsor that will continue to follow him year after year. In 2014 he won all the races of the Mini circuit in the Atlantic: 5 races won in 5 played. In 2015 he joined Erwan Le Roux for a season in Multi 50, and won 6 out of 6 races including the Transat Jaques Vabre on the route France (Le Havre) – Brazil (Itajai).

In 2017 he joined the Imoca project by Fabrice Amedeo and then worked hard to launch their own Vendée Globe project.

In 2019, Giancarlo Pedote is embarking on the Vendée Globe 2020 project with Prysmian Group and Electriciens sans Frontières. After an assiduous investment in all the races of the year, the Italian sailor is embarking on his first round-the-world race. During 80 days, Giancarlo has been able to preserve his boat while staying with the leading group with determination. He finished 8th, only a few hours after the winner of the race.

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 is then put to good use by the team, which carries out a large-scale project with the grafting of a new bow, rounded, thus modernizing the hull of this 2015 Verdier design. A large Italian flag was also added to the back of the boat and on the rudders, adding a touch of style for 2022!

Sailing Highlights

2022: Route du Rhum - 16th
Vendée Arctique - 12ème
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 8th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
Vendée Globe - 8th (80d 22h 42m 20s)

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 8th
Défi Azimut - 13th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 9th
 Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 12th 
2017: Défi Azimut - 8th
2016: Marin de l’année en Italie
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 1er (Multi 50)
2015 : Grand Prix Guyader - 1er (Multi 50)
2015: Tour de Belle Ile - 1er (Multi 50)
2015: Armen Race - 1er (Multi 50)
2015: Grand Prix Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - 1er (Multi 50)
2015: Trofeo Prince de Bretagne Sud Goëlo - 1er (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 - 1st (Classe Mini 6.50) 
2014: Les Sables Les Açores Les Sables 2014 - 1st (Classe Mini 6.50)
2014: Pornichet Select - 1st (Class Mini 6.50)
2014: Mini en Mai - 1st (Class Mini 6.50) 
2014: Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron - 1st (Class 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 (Classe Mini 6.50) 
2013: Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron - 1st (Class Mini 6.50) 
2013: Trinité Plymouth - 1st (Class 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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