An MOD70 for Jean-Pierre Dick and the Paprec-Virbac sailing team!

It is evident that construction of the MOD70 fleet certainly isn’t flagging!
Indeed, following on from August’s announcement that two international teams, Oman Sail and Spindrift racing, are to participate in the Multi One Championship, today it’s the turn of a French team to join the ranks of the new one-design trimaran class. Jean-Pierre Dick and his loyal partners, Paprec and Virbac, are now taking up the challenge to helm the next MOD70; bringing the total number of international teams competing in the Multi One Championship to seven!
In addition to fleshing out the number of entries, this latest commitment from the trimaran novice, who is both a vet and a skipper, is all the more remarkable in that it completes the line-up for the French market. Indeed the class rules state that the maximum number of MOD70s per nation is restricted to four crafts and with Paprec-Virbac 70, the French quota has now been reached!

Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design Ltd.: “The signing of this seventh MOD70 in the colours of Paprec Virbac is another step in the construction of our circuit. The fact that Jean-Pierre Dick and his partners, fully geared towards the monohull up till now, are launching into the MOD70 adventure, is a delight to us. We knew that Jean Pierre is a man who enjoys a challenge. Some ten years ago he’d never sailed a 60 foot monohull single-handed. Today, he’s accepting the challenge to come and do battle on a one-design trimaran. As such I wish the whole Paprec-Virbac team the best of luck and thank them for their trust in us.”
Jean-Pierre Dick, skipper of the MOD70 Paprec-Virbac 70: “It annoyed me being overtaken by the albatrosses in the Deep South so I’ve now decided to overtake them! I’m going to be taking things to a new level by flying across the water. I’m fascinated by speed at sea. Like me, my sponsors Paprec and Virbac, enjoy new challenges. We’re driven by a taste for adventure and enterprise. The MOD70 project is international and that is in line with the way my two major sponsors are evolving. On a competitive level, I’m returning to the crewed sailing I enjoy, as well as discovering a new craft, meeting new people and sailing some new courses. It’s a really exciting opportunity!”
A native of Nice, Jean-Pierre Dick will take the helm of his MOD70 in the spring of 2013 following the next Vendée Globe.
Four up!

In order to ensure the presence of a variety of nationalities in the Multi One Championship and create a truly international class, the circuit’s organisers have decreed a restricted intake. “We are keen to develop an international circuit so from the outset of the Multi One Design project, we’ve been implementing a class rule stating that there can be no more than four MOD70s per nation. With Veolia Environnement, Foncia, Edmond de Rothschild Group and now Paprec-Virbac 70, the maximum number of one-design trimarans displaying the French flag has been reached. This isn’t surprising from a country which has been a trail-blazer in terms of oceanic multihulls. This French fervour has now been adopted by several international projects, which will shortly be fleshing out the ranks of the MOD70 fleet,” explains Marco Simeoni.

Dates to remember: 2011 / 2012June to November 2011: Delivery of the MOD70 nr. 2 to nr. 4
6-7-8 October 2011: KRYS MATCH (MOD70 exhibition race)
January to May 2012: Delivery of the MOD70 nr. 5 and nr. 6
Race Programme: 2012 / 2014

7 July 2012: Start of the KRYS OCEAN RACE
September 2012: European Tour
June 2013: European Tour
November 2013 – April 2014: Ocean World Tour (6 stopovers, 5 oceans, 12 racing teams)
August 2014: KRYS OCEAN RACE
An MOD70 for Jean-Pierre Dick and the Paprec-Virbac sailing team! An MOD70 for Jean-Pierre Dick and the Paprec-Virbac sailing team! Reviewed by Panos Douros on Thursday, October 27, 2011 Rating: 5

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