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.