Gentleman sailor Pasquale De Gregorio on his Vendée Globe –


Italian offshore navigator Pasquale De Gregorio looks back on his career as a navigator; the most remarkable is his accomplishment of the very competitive Vendée Globe 2000/01 race, where By Gregorio was almost 50 years old at the time.

“I was born in Abruzzo, on the slopes of the Majella, so I was more of a mountaineer and had a relationship with the sea like a normal citizen. I used to go on vacation to the beach in the summer and I’m not even a very good swimmer, there was more desire to get acquainted initially. I have a law degree and I worked for almost twenty years in the legal department of the Bank of Italy, ”recalls Pasquale De Gregorio.

“In 1973, I was 32 years old, I was undecided between buying a campervan for traveling or taking a sailing course. I chose the second option and went to the famous Caprera school and for me it was a dazzling experience. Caprera did the miracle, also thanks to a shift supervisor, Piero Bianchessi. He was an experienced sailor and taught us to sail on dinghies, preparing us to sail on larger boats. Years later, we met again in Vanuatu, where he had moved.

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