And Jean Pierre Dick managed to bring back the boat home without a keel (the last 2500nm) and has welcomed has a winner. Big crowd saluting a great sailor and a great feat.
Les temps forts de l'arrivée de Jean-Pierre Dick por VendeeGlobeTV
The Vendée Globe welcome afforded to fourth placed Jean-Pierre Dick by a huge and passionate crowd was one worthy of a race winner.... The skipper who is originally from Nice and only really took to the IMOCA class ten years ago left Les Sables d’Olonne 88 days ago as one of the favorites and returned one of the outstanding heroes.
Dick took disappointments in his stride but they took their toll on his overall performance.
First, he recalled, he lost a key small gennaker in the water – one which would have been his reaching workhorse in the South which forced him to re-think his strategy at times. Then he struggled with a jammed halyard hook which left him unable to set the optimum headsail for some time. He eventually climbed the mast of Virbac-Paprec 3 several times to free it but lost more miles. His problems were capped when he lost his keel on the evening of 21st Janaury.
And so his fourth place reflects the incredible tenacity of JP Dick. He concluded with a Chinese proverb:
“The goal is not in the goal but in the pathway.”