Feb 022013
 

So, rather than retire and give in, Mr Jean-Pierre Dick sailing Virbac-Paprec 3 is doggedly pressing on towards the finish after loosing his keel over 2000nm ago. His website states he is “Ambassador of Stubborn Determination“. No kidding! Makes my minor challenges and mishaps on the Vaal seem downright trivial. I shall never be afraid on the Vaal again methinks !

Here is an extract from the official Vendee Globe website ……

After 24 hours of surfing the coast to round Cape Finisterre in 30 knots of wind, rough seas, amongst the busy maritime motorway of cargo ships and fishing boats, a sleep deprived Jean-Pierre Dick(Virbac Paprec 3) has found shelter along the Galician coast, in the mining port of San Ciprián (San Cibrao). At 5:30 this morning, Virbac-Paprec 3 picked up a mooring buoy in the harbour, protected from the prevailing winds and the sea

On today’s Vendée Globe Live, Jean-Pierre said he was exhausted. He was planning to dive and check to the boat so he could further secure it in face of an incoming gale expected between late Thursday lasting until Friday. He also indicated that he had used his engine, which broke the engine seal, in order to finalize his approach to the buoy. He must write a report to the jury to explain the facts. A second report will be issued to specify the start time. The jury will then decide his fate.

Re-start on Sunday?

The big question is when will he be able to resume his route to Les Sables d’Olonne? A potential weather window opens in just over 48 hours. “I set myself a limit of 25 knots of wind “ he explained. In the Bay of Biscay, this weekend, the weather should improve. Virbac-Paprec 3 is currently 291 miles from Les Sables d’Olonne. If he returned to the race on Sunday morning, realistically he could arrive in the Vendée on Monday night. A double victory, fourth place and also, managing to successfully sail 2200 miles without keel.

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