22/05/2014Eric TABARLY (1964), Alain J. GERBAULT (1923), and Bernard MOITESSIER (1966) were honoured by the Cruising Club of America. Yesterday evening, in the surroundings of the magnificent New York Yacht Club, Jean-Pierre Dick was highly privileged to be awarded the “Rod Stephens Trophy 2013”* by the CCA. This trophy “rewards Jean-Pierre Dick for his extraordinary feat in the Vendée Globe 2012, during which he sailed 2,643 miles (4254 km) without a keel, finishing the race brilliantly in 4th place”. This international award honours the outstanding seamanship of the gentleman skipper!
01/04/2014After 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.
14/10/2013Jean-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.
10/10/2013This 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.
13/09/2013Jean-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.
27/06/2013At 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.
19/06/2013After 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.
28/05/2013Triple 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.
17/04/2013After 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 Lorient....
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.