Jean-Pierre DICK

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Jean-Pierre DICK

51 years old

Larmor Plage (Morbihan)

If you try hard enough, one day it will pay off. The tall fair-haired sailor has everything going for him: loyal partners, plenty of talent, always charming and friendly, a lot of experience… This will be his fourth attempt at the Everest of the seas. On two occasions out of his four attempts, he was so close to the podium. Jean-Pierre Dick has shown he is the master of double-handed sailing. He has won both of the big double-handed races: the Transat Jacques Vabre on three occasions in 2003, 2005 and 2011 and the Barcelona World Race twice, in 2008 and 2011.

Sailor of the year in 2011, the sailor originally from Nice has a rather different background from the others. A postgraduate from the elite HEC school, he is a qualified vet and at the start of his career, Jean-Pierre seemed more interested in racing around the buoys.

But he went on to become a real ocean racer, capable of sailing solo around the world. Jean-Pierre learnt his job methodically alongside some highly skilled people and was able to make steady progress, while remaining humble. He entered the tough Figaro circuit and sailed with the best until he acquired the skills to go further with the success we have since seen.

His Vendée Globe story is rather particular as on his first attempt, he completed the voyage running his boat uniquely on solar power; his fourth place in 2012-2013 was obtained by walking a tightrope, after he sailed 2643 miles without a keel, which is a world record. Before the incident it looked like he would make it to the podium. With a brand new boat, a VPLP-Verdier designed boat of course, fitted with foils, JP is back with one goal in mind. To make it to the podium and maybe even win. He has a lot going for him to achieve this goal. One to watch and definitely one of those competing to win the race.
Although he was forced to retire from the last Transat Jacques Vabre, that should not affect his main goal. Quite the reverse, as JP has reinforced his new foiler and is aiming to get to grips with her before the start from les Sables d'Olonne.

Achievements

StMICHEL-VIRBAC

IMOCA monohull

StMICHEL-VIRBAC
  • Sail number : FRA06
  • Designer: VPLP-Verdier
  • Chantier : Multiplast (Vannes)
  • Launch Date: 12 September 2015
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,80 m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): Env. 8 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 2 (foils)
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: nc
  • Upwind sail area: 300m²
  • Downwind sail area: 600m²

A brand new VPLP-Verdier design

It is once again with a brand new boat that Jean-Pierre Dick will be competing in his fourth Vendée Globe, “It is the Holy Grail for me. I’ll be 51 in 2016 and you can still win at that age, as Loïck Peyron showed us in the Route du Rhum!” No construction in New Zealand this time, but quite simply in France, at the Multiplast yard. She is fitted with foiling appendages. Studies were carried out on the boat with Gitana Team, rather like the two teams did before with Paprec-Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty. We should add that after her very first race, just a few weeks after her launch (retired from the Transat Jacques Vabre), Jean-Pierre Dick had the boat’s structure reinforced. This will allow him to set off feeling much more confident. A wise decision.

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  • Finish line arrival of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), skipper St-Michel Virbac, 4th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 25th, 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeLigne d'Arrivée de Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), skipper St-Michel Virbac, 4ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 25 Janvier 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet

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  • Finish arrival of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), skipper St-Michel Virbac, 4th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 25th, 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), skipper St-Michel Virbac, 4ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 25 Janvier 2017 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Ven

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Anne-Charlotte MEYER
+33 (0)6 12 38 20 14
meyer@jpdick.com

Laurent Simon
simon@jpdick.com
+33 (0)6 80 87 91 34

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