Towards the Vendée Globe, a dream that comes true
This 2020 will be for Giancarlo Pedote definitely a challenging and crucial year. L ‘on 8 November start from Les Sables d’ Olonne strongly yearned Vendée Globe round the world non-stop and without assistance. The oceanic navigator aboard his 60-foot Prysmian Group, is concentrated to the maximum on ‘objective to cross the starting line of the most extreme solo race in history, to which only four Italians before him have had the’ honor to participate . A sporting and human challenge to the limits of endurance which requires good preparation in all aspects of performance. It will certainly be a ‘very firm but Giancarlo, his team and its partners employ all their energy to deal with it in the best way, motivated by the audacity of the test, but also by the desire to give maximum visibility to the NGO International Electriciens Without Borders: a perfect combination of positive energy and social commitment, supported this year ‘s also a new Official Supplier, Lombardini Marine – Kohler.
The search for maximum reliability of the medium
He returned in late November from Salvador de Bahia, the city of arrival of the Transat Jacques Vabre, Giancarlo Pedote recovered his IMOCA Prysmian Group as soon as mid-January. The cargo carrying most of the fleet of the “Route du Café” and especially its ‘Barchetta’, left reluctantly in Brazil, actually arrived late in Lorient after a long voyage at the mercy of the vagaries of meteorology. “The boat has returned to the later than planned Base. For this the start of work in the pipeline was delayed, compared to the program we had planned initially, “says the skipper who wants to keep unchanged the launch date of his vessel, scheduled for March 18. “We will do our best to meet deadlines,” said Giancarlo who, like all his technical team, does not intend to skimp its efforts in this important year of the Vendée Globe. “Our goal is to make more and more reliable and safe boat. We want to get the most accurate and precise maintenance can reviewing everything in detail before the planned construction site for this summer will be the last and the final of the first round the world, “says Giancarlo.
Confirmation of optimizations
Always looking for reliability, but also for better performance, Giancarlo Pedote knows how important phase of the work site but then also the practical test at sea. “As soon will be launched on 60 feet, we will be launching in numerous trainings at sea, taking advantage of every opportunity to surf. We lost, in quotes, a month due to delays in cargo transportation back from Jacques Vabre. So we can no longer have the luxury of wasting any more time. The Vendée Globe will start in less than nine months. We can almost say that it is tomorrow. Every day, even every hour must be optimized to the maximum, “explains the skipper of Prysmian Group who knows with the approaching departure must focus on every detail, without neglecting anyone. “Ergonomics and comfort are also important points of the performance,” says Giancarlo, always careful not to leave anything to chance.
Adventures in solitary but shared
The preparation and optimization will therefore be crucial stages of this season for the navigator and his team, but also periods of racing will help to implement the construction of the project until the start of the round the world. The Transat CIC and New-York – Vendée, racing with a coefficient 4 of the program of Globe IMOCA Series, allow Giancarlo to earn miles useful for qualifying the Vendee Globe and will represent an excellent opportunity to continue surfing and align ‘ boat to his needs. “The handed boats are certainly important moments and necessary to continue to advance and progress technically” emphasizes Pedote which has the great goal compartito with the sponsor Prysmian Group to live this challenge. Prysmian Group, which accompanies faithfully the skipper and believes in him for many years, hosting board also Electriciens Without Frontiers NGO that develops humanitarian projects around the world, aimed at reducing the disparities in ‘resource access as electricity and water, and to promote through renewable energy, economic and social development of the populations most affected by natural disasters.
“My adventure would not be so beautiful if it were not shared,” Giancarlo ensures that even remembers among his supporters technical historic Sponsor, Helly Hansen who accompanies him since 2012 and the ‘Official Supplier Godfrey Maffioli.
From this year ‘an’ other company, Lombardini Marine – Kohler, a leading manufacturer of engines for nearly a century, the challenge and share the values of Giancarlo. Nino De Giglio, Sr. Manager Brand – Communication, commented on this new partnership as Official Supplier “The entire staff of Lombardini Marine – Kohler is honored to be part of this great adventure as well as for Giancarlo Pedote skipper, also our philosophy, which is then reflected on our products, is to carry out the work, even in the toughest conditions. We feel in tune with the enormous challenges that Giancarlo will face during this wonderful journey and we are confident that our technology can help him. Just like him, we love big challenges and we know that, behind every great enterprise, hide hard work and a constant daily commitment. We will all be rooting for him! »