In December 2013, Giancarlo Pedote, a Helly Hansen ambassador, was crowned French Champion of the main single handed races of the Mini Transat 6.50. The offical name of the award is “Promotion Course au Large en Solitaire”. Giancarlo is considered the best in his class for all of 2013.
Giancarlo ran some amazing races in 2013. In particular his first place win in La Trinite in Plymouth and also his win at the Trophee Marie-Agnes Peron. You could always find him rock solid at or near the first position.
The Mini Transat is an extremely difficult and challenging race in which one must deal with harsh elements. Giancarlo’s boat is only 6.5 meters in length, and in spite of some technical issues, he persevered and managed to finish in 2nd. Combined with his other wins, this performance helped seal his victory as French Champion.
Pedote thanked all of his sponsors for their support including Helly Hansen. The company was pleased to honor him for his achievements and they look forward to continued success in their partnership.
Giancarlos’s next challenge is the Class Imoca 60. After that is the Vendee Globe, a grueling circumnavigation of the planet by himself with no stops. It will be an amazing race!