Journalist-sailor? Sailor-journalist? Fabrice Amedeo has decided not to choose between the two wakes he has been enthusiastically carving out for himself for some time. However, the call of the open ocean has 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. 11th in the Vendée Globe 2016-17, he joined the inner circle of 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 the latest-generation flying boats. Sticking to the idea of pushing the envelope and also sharing 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.
A pure competitor, Fabrice Amedeo has had to retired from the 2020-21 Vendée Globe due to a computer problem while sailing at the entrance to the Southern Ocean. "It's a decision that was difficult to take but that I accept. I know that I will bounce back."
In 2021, the boat was redesigned and launched under new colors, those of Nexans and Art & Fenêtres. Unfortunately, she hit the bottom violently at the entrance of the channel in La Trinité-sur-Mer, which led to a long refit and a shortened season, which nevertheless ended with a fine Transat Jacques Vabre (10th) with the young Loïs Berrehar.
Fabrice Amedeo will be back on the water in 2022 and, during the winter, he equipped his boat with the large C foils of Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss (now Hublot). With a resolutely boosted boat, Fabrice Amedeo does not hide his sporting ambitions.
2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 19th
2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 10th
2020-21: Vendée Globe - ABD
2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 9th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 9ème
Défi Azimut - 14ème
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