Last April, Jean-Pierre Dick and his sponsors announced their return to monohull racing with the goal of taking part in the Ocean Masters events between 2015 and 2017, the highlight of which will be the Vendée Globe 2016. Designed by Verdier VPLP, StMichel-Virbac will be built at the Vannes Multiplast boatyard. The new boat will be launched next summer.
“Last April, we decided to start building a new IMOCA for my 4th Vendée Globe. The last three times I took part in this race we build a new boat, because a team’s identity is based on designing and developing prototypes. Since the timing is different to that of my previous boats, launched in New Zealand, we felt it was coherent to build the StMichel-Virbac
monohull in France.”
“We chose Multiplast in Vannes because their yard has excellent equipment. They have demonstrated their expertise in terms of quality, by working on a number of successful offshore racing projects. Multiplast has an impressive record of achievements: Vendée Globe, Volvo Ocean Race, Atlantic Record, Trophée Jules Verne, Route du Rhum, etc. This yard also works on high-tech aerospace projects. Multiplast is an excellent choice.”
Working with another team
“To achieve higher performance and be more efficient, we are working with Gitana Team using joint methods of reflection and design. This collaboration is a follow up to what we did in 2007 with Paprec-Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty.The StMichel-Virbac monohull will be launched 2 months after the 60 foot Edmond de Rothschild.”
“The moulds are currently being manufactured by Multiplast. The construction of StMichel –Virbac will start this winter and the monohull will be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of participating in the Transat Jacques Vabre in November 2015.”