2017/12/11 - Press

StMichel-Virbac wins the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre sailing race from France to Brazil

Fourth victory! Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9h 11mn and 46s, Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès crossed the finish line of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in first position in the Imoca category. It took the duo 13 days 7 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds to cover 4,652 miles at 14.55 knots. After crossing the starting line at Le Havre in the lead, StMichel-Virbac has led the race almost from start to finish.

At the age of 52, Jean-Pierre Dick turns a page of his offshore sailor's life in the most beautiful way: by winning his fourth victory on this race, a first in the history of the "Coffee Route". In 2001, after a victory on the "Tour de France à la voile", he was launching the bet to run the oceans of the world. 16 years later, he leaves in his wake 6 major victories on the Imoca circuit and a title of sailor of the year. 

 

AWARDS

2017: 4th in the Vendée Globe sailing race and  winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Yann Eliès)
2013: 4th in the Vendée Globe sailing race
2011: winner of the Barcelona World Race (with Loïck Peyron) and the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Jérémie Beyou)
2008: winner of the Barcelona World Race (with Damian Foxall)
2005: winner of the Transat Jacques Varbes (with Loïck Peyron)
2003: winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Nicolas Abiven)
2001: winner of the Tour de France à la Voile