Giancarlo Pedote, skipper of proto Prysmian ITA 747, won his fifth race upon 5 raced in 2014 in class Mini 6.50.
Giancarlo Pedote and Prysmian arrive 2nd at the second leg of Les Sables Les Açores and win the regatta.
"I think in this race the most dangerous opponent for me, will be myself. Sometimes one can be tempted to push the boat too far and a break can come in a moment. I'll try to be wise and to do things without too much pressure, without finding a rhythm exaggerated." said Giancarlo Pedote, skipper of prototype Prysmian ITA 747 before the depart of the second leg of Les Sables - Les Açores - Les Sables: a race that ended yesterday with the victory of Nicolas Boidevezi and the second place of Giancarlo Pedote.
Giancarlo started with the objective of conducting a race against himself in order to win the race but not forcefully the leg, through precise control of its own forces and those of the boat, the weather and their opponents in view of the results of the first stage. And he won his fifth race upon 5 raced in 2014 in class Mini 6.50.
Departing from Horta on Wednesday 6th at 19.00 France time, a day late due to the uncertain development of severe depression called Bertha situated to the north of the race course, the skipper started their route to Les Sables d'Olonne pushed by a wind of 15-20 knots.
Giancarlo, aboard his prototype Prysmian ITA 747, immediately took the head of the fleet, leading it through the first night, the night he had some technical problems related to the pilot.
The second day he chose a norther road and meet first the decrease of the wind but also the influence of depression, recovering 12 miles in a single night.
Despite the prudent conduct of Giancarlo, several times he found himself just a few miles from the first. He did not choose to stay between the strongest winds, to preserve his forces, the boat and avoid unnecessary dangers. In the early hours of yesterday Giancarlo had recovered several miles upon the distance from the leader, but upon arrival he met a sharp decrease of wind that caused that it would take about three hours to travel the last ten miles.
Giancarlo arrived in Les Sables d'Olonne at 20:00 and 16 seconds, about 3 and a half hours after Boidevezi, but the advantage that Giancarlo had recorded in the first leg upon him was of 12 hours, 12 minutes and 43 seconds.
Recall that Les Sables Les Açores was the third test valid for the for the "Championnat de France Promotion Course au Large en Solitaire - Mini 6.50", organized by the Fédération Française de Voile in collaboration with the French Classe Mini. This championship crowns the two skippers every year in the category "number" and the category "prototypes" that have achieved the best results in three major races.
The other tests valid for the league in 2014 were the Pornichet Select and the Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron, both won by Giancarlo and Prysmian.