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StMichel joins Virbac for Jean-Pierre Dick's new project

01/04/2014 : After his multihull season, Jean-Pierre Dick and his sponsors have decided to return to monohull racing. Official Sponsor since 2005, the StMichel biscuits brand has become the Principal Sponsor of the project, together with Virbac, the specialists in animal health. StMichel-Virbac is the name of the French Riviera skipper's new boat, designed by Verdier VPLP. StMichel-Virbac will race in the Ocean Masters World Championships from 2015 to 2017, the highlight of which will be the Vendée Globe 2016: “I hope this will be a perfect wave” says JP mischievously.
 

2013 Rod Stephens Trophy awarded to Jean-Pierre Dick

New York, N.Y. (January 30, 2014) – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Jean-Pierre Dick (Nice, France) to receive the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for his completion of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 after sailing without a keel for the last 2,650 miles of the solo non-stop around-the-world race. The trophy is given “for an act of seamanship that significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.” The award will be presented on May 21, 2014 at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.
 

VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 will not be taking part in the Transat Jacques Vabre

14/10/2013 : Jean-Pierre Dick, Roland Jourdain and their team have decided not to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013. After capsizing on 10 October off Belle-Île, VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 will not be ready for an Atlantic crossing in the right conditions.
 

VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 has capsized off Belle Ile

10/10/2013 : This Thursday 10 October, at 13:00 hours, Jean-Pierre Dick and Roland Jourdain were sailing off Belle Ile on VIRBAC-PAPREC 70, training in 15-20 knots of wind with a view to the Transat Jacques Vabre. The boat overturned suddenly. The crew is safe and sound. The Cross, SNSM (lifeboat association) and technical team have gone to recover the crew and the boat.
 

VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 has qualified for the Transat Jacques Vabre

13/09/2013 : Jean-Pierre Dick and Roland Jourdain set off late Tuesday afternoon from Lorient and spent 48 hours at sea on VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 with two objectives: to train offshore and to qualify for the Transat Jacques Vabre. After sailing 700 miles (i.e. 1,296 km) JP and Bilou came ashore with their qualification under their belt and some very informative sailing.
 

A frustrating leg with little wind

27/06/2013 : At 20:45 (French time = UT+1), VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 crossed the finishing line in third position of this third leg of the Route des Princes (Dublin - Plymouth). The wind played up all through the 2 days and 8 hours of racing between the Irish and English coasts. When he arrived in Plymouth, JP told us what he thought of this “calm” offshore.
 

“A very condensed leg”

19/06/2013 : After fighting for 2 days and 16 hours, VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 crossed the finishing line of leg 2 of the Route des Princes, between Lisbon and Dublin, in 4th position early this morning at 7.12 a.m. (French Time = UT+1). Throughout the 990 miles of this offshore race, the rankings changed continuously. The suspense was at its peak until early morning, making it difficult to predict the three winners. Finally, the first Mod 70 to show its bow was Spindrift.
 

JP Dick to embark with Roland Jourdain

28/05/2013 : Triple winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre on a monohull, for the first time, Jean-Pierre Dick will line up at the start of this transatlantic race between Le Havre and Itajaí (Brazil) on a multihull. To take up this challenge, the skipper from Nice has chosen Roland Jourdain, a friendly and experienced sailor, who has won renown both single-handed and double-handed, on one or three hulls. “At least we will tie at the finish (laughs).” It is with this touch of humour tinged with Brazilian* recollections, that Bilou emphasizes their future duo on board VIRBAC-PAPREC 70.
 

A widely experienced crew

17/04/2013 : After 10 years of single and double-handed sailing, Jean-Pierre Dick is taking on a new challenge with his VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 multihull. He is now the leader of a “top-flight” team. They come from the Vendée Globe, America's Cup, the Jules Verne Trophy, and from sailing on one hull as well as three. They are called Roland, Vincent, Thierry (x2), Fred (x2) and Guillaume. “We have a very skilled and friendly crew! We take pleasure in sailing together and sharing our various seafaring experiences”, stressed the enthusiastic skipper during the first training sessions off ...
 

Vendée Globe skippers at Elysée Palace reception

On Monday, the President of the Republic, François Hollande, received the skippers of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 at the Elysée Palace. The Head of the State stressed the exceptional nature of this race, the very strong connection France has with its maritime space and the vitality of French sailing.
 

VIRBAC-PAPREC 70 launched

20/03/2013 : “A new page is turned and a new challenge begins”. It is with these words and looking towards the new MOD70 being lifted by the crane that Jean-Pierre Dick referred to the launch of VIRBAC-PAPREC 70. A few weeks after finishing the Vendée Globe, the skipper from Nice will now continue in its wake on three hulls. This season will be a learning one with a team as pleasant as they are talented.
 

What the chairmen had to say about JP Dick's fourth place

05/02/2013 : Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line Monday at 4:05pm (15h 05 min and 40 sec GMT). He took 4th place of the 2012-13 Vendée Globe and finished the race in 86 days, 03 hours and 40 seconds. Despite the loss of his keel, the skipper managed to finish the race. He journeyed 2643 miles without it. The chairmen of Virbac and Paprec shared the following congratulatory messages:
 

“An incredible adventure”

04/02/2013 : It is an achievement for Virbac-Paprec 3's skipper to have completed this round-the-world singled-handed in fourth place, despite the loss of his keel*, and many members of the public came to cheer Jean-Pierre Dick along Les Sables d'Olonne channel. It was a moving finish that paid tribute to the tenacity of the skipper from Nice. As he crossed the line this Monday, 4 February 2013 at 16:05 after 86 days 03 hours and 03 minutes of racing, he wrote a fine page in the history of the Vendée Globe.
 

Spanish stopover before Les Sables d'Olonne

30/01/2013 : 22h Jean-Pierre Dick is tenacious and is not giving up. Virbac-Paprec 3's skipper wants to finish the Vendée Globe by giving himself every chance of success. Sailing without a keel for one week, at 21:00 this evening he took the decision to anchor or moor in a shelter on the north Spanish coast*. This will enable JP to avoid the strong gale which will sweep over the Bay of Biscay this Thursday night. The skipper from Nice will set off again on Saturday or Sunday from the cove of San Ciprián* towards Les Sables d'Olonne for a crossing of the Bay of Biscay in a medium wind in an attempt to ...
 

Virbac-Paprec 3 loses its keel

22/01/2013 : At 23.45hrs UTC, while sailing in the third position of the Vendée Globe, about 550 miles northwest of the Cape Verde islands, Jean-Pierre Dick called his team to inform them that his boat, Virbac-Paprec 3, had lost its whole keel at 23.hrs UTC. The skipper from Nice is ok and has stabilised the situation. The boat has full ballasts and Dick is sailing at 8 knots towards northwest. Jean-Pierre Dick told the race office by satellite phone: "I was sailing on starboard tack under mainsail with one reef and the solent (sail), in 20 knots of wind. I was inside when the wind increased suddenly...
 
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