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Jean-Pierre Dick announces his Barcelona World Race co-skipper

Former Gitana 80 skipper teams up to help Jean-Pierre Dick defend his title

Wednesday May 26th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Loick Peyron is to join Jean-Pierre Dick on board the new Paprec-Virbac 3 for this winter's doublehanded non-stop lap of the planet that is the Barcelona World.

This will not be the first time Dick and Peyron have sailed doublehanded together! They won the Transat Jacques Vabre 2005 on board Virbac-Paprec 1 and Peyron was part of the design team when conceived and built two Farr-designed sisterships (Paprec-Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty).

Dick returns to the Barcelona World Race to defend the title he won with Damian Foxall in 2008.

Jean-Pierre Dick commented: "It is a real pleasure to welcome Loïck on board. This is exactly what I wanted; a skipper in his own right; someone highly skilled, independent with whom there is constant interaction. The duo works well when there is mutual trust. You need to be able to rely 100% on the other skipper when you are not on watch. We have a shared vision of sailing. We proved this in the past with our victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2005 and the building of the two racing sisterships in 2007 (editor's note: Paprec-Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty). The first won the Barcelona World Race 2007 and the second the Transat 2008.

What do I like about Loïck? Loïck has the energy to get things done, to have ideas and to make good headway with a boat. He never stops. He is constantly doing something. He is excellent at perfecting prototypes. Every time he contributes enormously in terms of added value. I appreciate his jovial and friendly character. It is vital to sail a round-the-world race with someone you like talking with; discussing boats, the sea and life in general".

Loïck Peyron: "I like discovering new things. I have not yet experienced a round-the-world race double handed. So, when Jean-Pierre asked me to do some two-handed sailing again, only this time a little longer, I did not have the shadow of a doubt! I know that the skipper, the crew and the boat are equal to the challenge. I saw this once again, in Auckland a few days again, when Virbac-Paprec 3 was launched. The funny thing is that when we won the Transat Jacques Vabre 2005, JP had won it two years earlier, and here again we are setting off on a round the world race which he won two years ago. It’s a sign!

What do I like about Jean-Pierre? Jean-Pierre will clear ground in areas in which the offshore racing world is not really a player. He is the first French sailor to have used the Far design office, and to build in New Zealand. I am able to relate to his approach. JP has a very professional way of organizing things, while appearing miles away. In fact, he is very active. He is bubbling with ideas. He is good at surrounding himself with the right people in all fields. When he is racing, he never lets go. We are very different and therefore we complement one another well. We really get on well on that score! That is our strength."

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