Jean-Pierre Dick

StMichel - Virbac

The gentleman skipper, as Loïck Peyron calls him, comes from Nice. Trained as a veterinary surgeon and with a 3rd-cycle HEC degree, JP has a background that did not suggest a future sailing the seas.

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50 years old - Larmor Plage - FRANCE

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The gentleman skipper, as Loïck Peyron calls him, comes from Nice. Trained as a veterinary surgeon and with a 3rd-cycle HEC degree, JP has a background that did not suggest a future sailing the seas. Yet, at the age of 36, this experienced sailor decided to change his life and devote himself to his passion for offshore sailing. Jean-Pierre Dick is a man of challenges. In 2002 he took on a considerable one: Competing in the Vendée Globe. A tenacious and ambitious fighter as well as an unusual character, he devoted himself to his new life as an all-out sailor.

After his first win in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Nicolas Abiven), JP was at the start of the 2004-2005 Vendee Globe, making his dream come true. A real “DIYer” despite himself (boom broken and repaired, energy problem forcing him to sail the remaining three quarters of the round-the-world race on solar energy only), he finished his first Vendée Globe in sixth position. The skipper of Virbac-Paprec 3 then enjoyed a series of victories, with two new Transat Jacques Vabre races (2005 and 2011), and two wins in the Barcelona World Race (2008 and 2011). In 2011, he earned the recognition of his peers and was voted Yachtsman of the year. During the last Vendée Globe, as he was leading the race, a collision with a UFO broke his rudders. Despite his attempts to repair them, JP had to resign himself to stop the race.

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St Michel - Virbac

Prizes

2001
  • Tour de France sailing race – Winner
2003
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (N. Abiven)
2005
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (L. Peyron)
  • Vendée Globe – 6th
2006
  • Route du Rhum – 3rd
2008
  • Barcelona World Race – Winner (D. Foxall)
2010
  • Route du Rhum – 4th
2011
  • IMOCA Ocean Master World Champion 2010 & 2011
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (J. Beyou)
  • Barcelona World Race – Winner (L. Peyron)
  • 24h distance record for an IMOCA 60 – 506,33 miles (L. Peyron)
  • Rolex Fasnet Race – 2nd
2012
  • Trophée Azimut – Winner
  • Etape 1 Europa Warm’Up – Winner
2013
  • Vendée Globe – 4th
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
Jean-Pierre Dick

Monocoque IMOCA

IMOCA60 ST MICHEL - VIRBAC

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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Boat

Technical Sheet

Designer : VPLP-Verdier
Boat Builder : Multiplast (Vannes)
Launch Date : 12 september 2015
Lenght : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,80 m
Draught : 4,50m
Displacement (weight) : 8 t
Mast heigh : 29 m
Upwind sail area : 300m²
Downwind sail area : 600m²

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Contact

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Anne-Charlotte Meyer +33 6 12 38 20 14