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11/21 - 09h17

The Comeback Kid Pedote's Fantastica Fight Back

Friday morning at 03h26m43s TU, Italy's Giancarlo Pedote broke the finish line of the 10th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in 10th place. The skipper of Fantastica took 18d14h26m43s for the theoretical course at an average of 7.93kts. He really sailed 4606 miles at 10.32kts. His delta to Class 4 winner Alex Pella is  1d 20h 39m 35s.
A combination of problems meant the Italian skipper had to stop into Roscoff and he retstarted last, but he picked off new targets each day, and with a combination of smart sailing and great speed got himself to tenth overall.

"After the start my morale was not great. I had a problem with the staysail the mainsail and other shit, so I stopped. Then I went started again and had no energy... But I worked at it and gof back day by day. I also had the good times, when you apply yourself and you feel yourself getting back into it. I could see I had the speed, although I did a lot of stupid things in maneuvers because I didnot know the boat well. Normally I am not happy to finish in a position like 10th but her I am I made a good comeback. When I left Roscoff I was last ... In fact, every day, I chose a target. I said today is him, and after it is him... I had small goals that allowed me to gradually get back into it. And I just missed Damien (Seguin, ed.) I do not if you can say I had fun ... Pleasure is something that I find when I'm cruising. When you  race, you attack, you're always at the maximum, you're pushing and hurting yourself and it's not fun, and it generates stress. But yes, I'm happy! "

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