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The little anecdotes that forge great tales…

Photo credits: Vincent Curutchet / DPPI Vendée Globe
Photo credits: Vincent Curutchet / DPPI Vendée Globe

Jean-Pierre Dick, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, fourth in the Vendée Globe after 2,600 miles without a keel!
A fantastic race, within sight of the podium, ultimately resulted in a  glorifying human adventure.
Courage, tenacity and reason enabled Jean-Pierre to complete his race in fourth place in what has been an amazing Vendée Globe.
On target for third place, Jean-Pierre didn’t choose this fourth place but he is savouring it, aware of how deep he had to dig to pull it off. He is proud of it, as well he might.
This fourth place rounds off what has been a 10-year commitment to IMOCA, a commitment crowned with success: two victories in the Barcelona World Race, two World IMOCA Champion titles and the Sailor of the Year award in 2011.
Bravo Jean-Pierre, what a journey it’s been!

Jean Le Cam, aboard Synerciel, fifth in the Vendée Globe after a personal and shared victory.
His victory is also a victory for his team. A year ago, nothing was set in stone and today he’s finished his race just behind the best boats and the best prepared skippers.
He gave his all to earn this place, “I couldn’t have done any better; it’s a victory!”
The Cape Horn rounding is also a victory. Jean wanted that too, as did the Class from a school in Pouzauges, in France’s Vendée region, who entrusted him with their toy penguin Ushu, cousin to Léon (another penguin who did the Vendée Globe 4 years ago), who had to be left behind in 2009… at Cape Horn after his capsize.
It was also a victory for sharing as he let a great many of us witness his high points, his hardships and his innermost feelings through his unforgettably emotional and sincere videos. Today Jean shared his victory with his public and that’s another reason why he did the Vendée Globe, something the thousands of people present in Les Sables d’Olonne for his arrival fully understood.
Congratulations to the sailor, to the actor who loves his public, to Mister Le Cam!

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