Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90

St Michel-Virbac breaks record to win Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA class

by Soazig Guého 18 Nov 2017 22:21 PST 18 November 2017

Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel-Virbac, have won the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 20:11:46 (UTC), 13 days 7 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy, France. 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.

On his 60ft foiling monohull, Dick became the only sailor in the history of this bi-annual double-handed Route du Café, in any class, to have won four times. The 52-year-old skipper from Nice, won the Imoca class in 2003, 2005 and 2011.

St Michel-Virbac also established a new record time for the Imoca class to Salvador with Dick beating his own record of 13 days 09 hours 19 minutes and 2 seconds set with Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec in 2005 by 1 hour 42 minutes and 16 seconds.

Dick recalled today that was his first Transat Jacques Vabre win in 2003 into Salvador de Bahia in 2003, that really announced his arrival as a serious contender in the sailing world.

It was a first victory for Eliès in the Imoca class, after his Multi50 win in 2013. After leaving Le Havre on Sunday, November 5, at 12:35 UTC, St Michel-Virbac has led since the early morning of Tuesday, November 7 as they crossed the cold front that battered the fleet as the passed the Bay of Biscay. One of six latest generation foiling Imoca in the race, it was actually the older generation, foil-less SMA that has proved St Michel-Virbac's toughest challenger. That was something the two French sailors, Dick and Eliès, predicted before the start of their training partner, and SMA closed to within 28 miles in the Doldrums before of St Michel-Virbac escaped first and extended as the headed down the coast of Brazil.

www.transatjacquesvabre.org

Related Articles

Countdown begins for 14th Transat Jacques Vabre
67 duos are getting ready to head for Salvador de Bahia in Brazil The entries have closed and 67 teams with 134 skippers in three classes (Class40, Mulit50 and IMOCA) will depart from Le Havre on October 27 for the start of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Posted on 21 Jul
Transat Jacques Vabre: Record number of skippers
46 competitors have already confirmed their entry Entry for the race closes on July 12, 2019, but 46 competitors are already expected on the start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday, October 27. Posted on 11 Apr
2019 Transat Jacques Vabre: Preview
Class40, Muli50 and Imoca60 will brave the Atlantic double-handed The "Coffee Route" from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia is a familiar one for the sailors, as it will be the 6th time that the Transat Jacques Vabre will finish there. Posted on 9 Dec 2018
French boat smashes record to win Class40s
In the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier on V and B, have won the Class40 of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 23:19:15 (UTC). Posted on 23 Nov 2017
French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo
In the Transat Jacques Vabre The closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 history is still on the cards at around 23:00 tonight (Wednesday), but the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) will need to play a joker from up their sleeves. Posted on 22 Nov 2017
Initiatives Cœur finishes sixth
In Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA class Tanguy de Lamotte and Samantha Davies, on Initiatives Cœur, have finished sixth in the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Monday at 20:15:39 Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Davies and de Lamotte prepare to finish
Due in Salvador to complete Transat Jacques Vabre Britain's Samantha Davies and France's Tanguy de Lamotte on Initiatives-Cœur are due to finish the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Salvador de Bahia in sixth place in the Imoca class at 20:00 UTC. Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Dick coasting to record win
As Anglo-Spanish duo re-take lead in Transat Jacques Vabre Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel – Virbac were a few miles away from a record-breaking victory in the Imoca class of the Transat Jacques Vabre tonight and were expected to cross the finish line in Salvador de Bahia around 19:30 UTC. Posted on 18 Nov 2017
Dick eyes record books
As hungry peloton battles behind podium in Transat Jacques Vabre Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel – Virbac are predicted to complete a commanding victory in the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre tomorrow (Saturday, November 18) at 21:00 UTC. Posted on 17 Nov 2017
Transat Jacques Vabre day 4
Sharp extends lead as Merron heads home Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) extended their lead at the front of the 40ft monohull fleet, as Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) were limping back to Cherbourg, their home port, nursing a broken port rudder. Posted on 8 Nov 2017
Zhik 2018 Dongfeng 728x90 BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomNaiad 660x82px_Tourist