Climb aboard with skipper Fabrice Amedeo

Apr 22, 2021
Imoca Nexans Art & Fenêtres - Fabrice Amedeo

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Nexans and Fabrice Amedeo, a focus on oceanographic research

Nexans and Fabrice Amedeo share many values related to environmental protection, the fight against global warming and the preservation of the oceans.

Fabrice Amedeo is a skipper with an unusual career path who entered the Vendée Globe 8 years ago and is excited to be returning to this formidable challenge in 2024. Until then, in persuance of this goal and to prepare under the best conditions, he can count on the support of Nexans and will train by participating in the most prestigious races aboard his vessel the IMOCA.

Vincent Dessale
“ In addition to his sporting achievements, Fabrice's innovative approach is based on his work to improve knowledge of the oceans, especially their pollution, in partnership with organizations such as Ifremer, as well as to educate younger generations. The messages he conveys are in line with the shift of Nexans’ activities towards the sustainable electrification of the world. ”
Vincent Dessale
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Building & Territories Northern Business Group at Nexans

For the past two years, Fabrice Amedeo has been working to preserve the oceans: sensors installed on board his monohull during the races are used to collect valuable data (CO2, temperature, salinity, microplastics, etc.). These are then analysed and made available to the international scientific community to help better understand the impacts of global warming and pollution on the oceans.

At the last Vendée Globe (2020-2021), solar panels, hydrogenerators and a wind turbine provided the majority of the energy needed to operate these sensors, as well as all of the electronic surveillance and navigation tools.

For his third participation in the Vendée Globe, in 2024, Fabrice Amedeo is taking his ecocitizen approach further: he plans to compete without fossil fuels, aboard a boat powered by wind, hydro and solar power. Together with Nexans he is committed to this goal and is eager to embark on his adventure on the world’s high seas with enthusiasm and conviction.

Discover the first scientific results of the samples collected:

“ I am delighted and very proud to take this fresh start flying Nexans’ colors. The latest Vendée Globe race did not unfold as planned for me. I have digested this experience and will be running boosted by this support and by our common project to sail without fossil fuels. Let’ be honest, you take on board some 200 liters of diesel fuel on a Vendée Globe race. Not taking them will not save the planet. However, we believe that sport should set an example in society and we want to convey the message that energy transition can be achieved without sacrificing performance. We will also travel the world’s oceans with our sensors, which will allow us to collect valuable data for the scientific community and to raise awareness among younger generations. ”

Fabrice Amedeo

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