Yann Eliès avec JP Dick sur la Transat Jacques Vabre
Thursday, April 20, 2017
After passing through the Sables d'Olonne channel together at the end of a memorable contest during the last Vendée Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick has invited Yann Eliès on board the StMichel-Virbac for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017. The pair have a clear objective. The skipper from the Cote d'Azur is setting his sights on a fourth win in the 'Route du café' event which starts from Le Havre on 5 November this year, heading for Salvador de Bahia.
JP, why did you choose Yann as your co-skipper?
"In a double handed event, when I'm asleep the key element is trust in the man at the helm and his ability to handle any situation alone. Yann's experience differs from mine and this is what makes the combination of the two of us so valuable for this race. He has an instinctive side which complements my rational side. I was lucky enough to work with Yann on the Route du Rhum 2014, when he was at the helm of the MOD70 Paprec Recyclage. I like his frankness and his "never say die" attitude".
Yann, what was your reaction when JP suggested working together?
"I thought it was an incredible opportunity! It's an honour to sail double handed side-by-side with such an exceptional prize-winning sailor. He's a hard worker, and he's tough. You'd follow him anywhere without questioning his commitment. He's taken a very methodical approach to this situation. He's made audacious choices in terms of construction; he’s built upon his experiences and has succeeded in becoming a great sailor, whilst making the changes quite late in life. I respect people like him who are able to leave the well-trodden path and who succeed in making their mark".
What's your sailing schedule?
JP: "We'll start training at sea in July in order to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race in August, and then we'll fine-tune our double handed preparation in September and October. Before that Yann will be taking part in the Solitaire du Figaro. As for myself, I'll be training on StMichel-Virbac and other craft. »
- Born 31 January 1974 (43 years old) in Saint-Brieuc
- Resident of Auray (Morbihan)
- In a relationship, 3 children
- Three-times winner of the Solitaire du Figaro
- Twice holder of the Trophée Jules Verne in 2002 and 2005
- Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 in Multi 50 (with Erwan Le Roux)
- Twice taken part in the Vendée Globe (abandoned in 2008 and 5th in 2016)