The current 60-foot monohull of Jean-Pierre Dick was launched in May 2010 in Auckland. It is one of the three new generation IMOCA’s launched in 2010. Designed by VPLP/Verdier it mark a break with the previous two monohulls of the Nicois skipper.Virbac Paprec-3 is also 10 to 15% lighter than predecessor Paprec-Virbac 2.
Once again Jean-Pierre Dick had already made a delivery halfway around the world, from New Zealand where she was built to France. That allowed him to learn his new machine before lining up to race against rivals. The Route du Rhum 2010 saw Virbac-Paprec 3 finishing fourth before winning in 2011 on the Barcelona World Race.and then the Transat Jacques Vabre.
Weight: 7.8 t
Mast height: 29 m
Boat length: 18.28 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Width of boat: 5.70 m
Weight of the keel: NC (weight of the bulb 3T)
On board Virbac-Paprec 3, we use a hydro generator, an immersed device (which can be lifted) that generates power from the forward movement of the boat into positive energy to recharge the batteries of the sailboat.
It is a solution which fosters independence and it is environmentally friendly. The system is efficient from 7-8 knots of boat speed.
On board Virbac-Paprec 3, we use it as a back up system that can compensate for an engine problem and that might otherwise finish an around the world race.
Within the Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team, our sustainable development approach is to separate waste, to maintain special waste recycling initiatives in relation to our business (composites, etc..)
Through our partner Paprec.
We collect rain water for cleaning boats and toilets.
During races, we store the rubbish on board.
We use non-polluting cleaning products.
The Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team has compiled its carbon footprint in 2011.