Fabrice Amedeo

Journalist-sailor? Sailor-journalist? Fabrice Amedeo has decided not to choose between the two wakes he has been enthusiastically carving out for himself for quite some time. However, the call of the open ocean has nevertheless 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. Eleventh in the Vendée Globe 2016-17, he joined the hallowed circle of global 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 these flying boats. Kean to push the envelope and also share 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 technical issues and breaking his bowsprit in particular, the skipper of Newsrest - Art & Fenêtres kept going, all the way to the finish, placing 12th among the IMOCAs and, most significantly, demonstrating unfailing commitment and tenacity.

In 2021, the boat adopted a new image and was relaunched flying a new flag, that of Nexans et Art & Fenêtres. unfortunately, the boat scraped the bottom in dramatic fashion at the entrance to the channel going into La Trinité-sur-Mer, resulting in a lengthy refit and a curtailed season, the other side of which saw hil sail a fine Transat Jacques Vabre (10th) with young sailor Loïs Berrehar.

A born competitor, Fabrice Amedeo was forced to retire from the 2020-21 Vendée Globe due to a computer problem while negociating the gateway to the Southern Ocean. "It was a tough decision, but it's one that I accept. I know that I will bounce back."

As such, Fabrice Amedeo is back on the water in 2022 and over the winter, he equipped his boat with the large C foils from Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss (now known as Hublot). With a souped-up boat then, Fabrice Amedeo makes no secret of his sporting ambitions.

Sailing Highlights

2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 19th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 10th
Vendée Globe - ABD
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 9th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
Défi Azimut - 14th
Bermuda 1000 Race - 7th
2018: Route du Rhum - 12th
Azimut Challenge - 8th
Drheam-Cup 700 - Withdrawal
Monaco Globe Series - 3rd
Bermuda 1000 Race - 4th
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 12th
Défi Azimut - 8th
2016: Vendée Globe - 11th
Transat NY - Vendée - 8th
2015: Transat St Barth - Port La Foret - 2nd
Transat Jacques Vabre - 8th IMOCA
2014: Route du Rhum - 9th Class40
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th Class 40
2012: Solidaire du Chocolat - 3rd Class40
Transat Quebec Saint Malo - 4th Class 40
2008: Route du Rhum - 26th Class40
Solitaire du Figaro - Withdrawal
AG2R - Withdrawal