Fabrice AMEDEO

IMOCA Globe Series4th
Points85 pts
Age41 (2/24/78)
Top performance11th of the Vendée Globe 2016-17
Joined Imoca on2015
TeamNewrest-Art & Fenêtres
BaseLa Trinité sur Mer
PartnersNewrest, Art & Fenêtres, Rent A Car, Twimm, Brioche Pasquier, Gaz Européen, Trescal, Groupe 3S, Briand Construction Métallique, Delostal&Thibault, ICS, Geodis, Eau et Patrimoine, MarinePool


Journalist-sailor? Sailor-journalist? Fabrice Amedeo has decided not to choose between the two wakes he has been enthusiastically carving out for himself for some time. However, the call of the open ocean has gained the upper hand over recent years, prompting him to frequent the pontoons of La Trinité sur Mer more often than the newsroom at Le Figaro magazine.

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, Transat Jacques Vabre, first off in Class40 and then in Imoca, Fabrice has navigated his way along through application and hard work, making the summit of his own personal Everest in the winter of 2016-2017. 11th in the last Vendée Globe, he joined the inner circle of circumnavigators, commanding respect and carrying along a great many people with him in his journey to make a childhood dream come true.

A few months later, still driven by a desire to progress, Fabrice bought a ‘foiler’, one of the latest-generation flying boats. Sticking to the idea of pushing the envelope and also sharing his salty adventure with as many people as possible, he took the start of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in 2018, a year they both celebrated their 40th birthday.

Despite his technical issues and notably the breakage of his bowsprit, the skipper of Newrest – Art & Fenêtres kept on going right the way to the finish line, bagging 12th place in the IMOCA category and, most importantly, demonstrating his unfailing commitment and tenacity. In 2019, the Transat Jacques Vabre will be an important step for Fabrice, who already has his sights on the next Vendée Globe…

Sailing Highlights

2019: Défi Azimut - 14th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
Bermudes 1000 Race - 7th
2018: Route du Rhum - 12th
2018: Défi Azimut - 8th
2018: Drheam-Cup 700 - ABD
2018: Monaco Globe Series - 3rd
2018: Bermudes 1000 Race - 4th
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 12th
2017: Défi Azimut - 8th
2016: Vendée Globe - 11th 
2016: Transat NY - Vendée - 8th
2015: Transat St Barth - Port La Foret - 2nd
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 8th IMOCA
2014: Route du Rhum - 9th Class40
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th Class40
2012: Solitaire du Chocolat - 3rd Class40
2012: Transat Quebec Saint Malo - 4th Class40
2008: Route du Rhum - 26th Class40
2008: Solitaire du Figaro - ABD
2008: Transat AG2R - ABD


Sail numberFRA 56
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2015, Chantier Persico, Italie
Former namesNo Way Back, Newrest - Brioche Pasquier
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight7 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât-Aile
Surface voile max.
Près320 m2
Portant570 m2


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