Jean-Pierre Dick wins Transat Jacques Vabre… number four!
Racing with Yann Eliès, the twice-winner of the Barcelona World Race has seized yet another victory in the two-crew transatlantic classic, making this his fourth win. On board St Michel-Virbac he has smashed the IMOCA record that he and Loïck Peyron have held for the class since 2005 by 1 hour and 42 minutes.
The pair held the lead almost entirely from halfway across the Channel with Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès sailing an impeccable race on St Michel-Virbac, their VPLP - Verdierfoiler which Jean-Pierre also took into fourth place in the most recent Vendée Globe.
The skippers had SMA with Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet hot on their heels as they made the North Atlantic descent but they managed to push away from the Doldrums, and at the height of Recife they took a comfortable lead of over 100 miles which they maintained along the length of the Brazilian coast towards Salvador de Bahia.
Jean-Pierre and Yann finished with a time of 13 days 7 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds, breaking the record that Jean-Pierre set himself with Loïck Peyron in 2005 by 1 hour 42 minutes and 16 seconds.
St Michel-Virbac covered the theoretical course of 4,350 nautical miles at an average speed of 13.63 knots but actually sailed 4,652 nautical miles at an average speed of 14.55 knots.
Jean-Pierre Dick is the undisputed king of double-handed transoceanic racing. In 2003 took the world of IMOCA racing by surprise with an extraordinary victory alongside Nicolas Abiven in the Transat Jacques Vabre; in the following edition (2005) he did the same again with Loïck Peyron and in 2011 again with Jérémie Beyou. However, the achievements that catapulted the French sailor into the transoceanic history books were the two consecutive victories in the Barcelona World Race; in 2007/08 with Damian Foxall and in 2010/11 with Loïck Peyron.
Yann Eliès is also a returning Transat Jacques Vabre winner. He won in 2013 in the Multi50 class with Erwan Leroux and in the most recent Vendée Globe he took a respectable fifth place finish after a thrilling battle on the water with Jean-Pierre Dick who finished just under three hours in front of him.
Congratulations to you both!