Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019, Apivia logically ranked among the favourites for the Vendée Globe 2020-2021, not only because this Guillaume Verdier design oozes power and high-performance, but also because her skipper, supported by Mer-Concept’s shore team gathered around François Gabart, already boasted a more than flattering track record on the Figaro circuit. Equally, the adaptations to the IMOCA monohull were completed alongside Yann Eliès no less…
In short, the boat is of noble birth because, from her very first tacks, she demonstrated formidable potential coupled with remarkable versatility. In terms of reliability, the perfect condition of the boat helmed by the duo Dalin-Eliès, both on her victorious arrival in Salvador de Bahia and on returning from her delivery trip home, confirmed that the homeopathic adaptations for solo sailing (ergonomics, visibility) were in no way detrimental to her seakeeping and racing qualities.
These performances were confirmed during the Vendée Globe 2020-2021 when, despite damage to the foil casing on her port side in the Southern Ocean, Charlie Dalin took line honours in Les Sables d’Olonne, ultimately ranking second behind Yannick Bestaven, who was awarded a time bonus after diverting to assist with recovering Kevin Escoffier after his shipwreck. Winner of the Rolex Fastnet, then second in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Paul Meilhat in 2021, Charlie Dalin has proven to be also untouchable in 2022, further confirming the osmosis between the sailor and his perfectly optimised machine.
A native of Le Havre he won the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race hands down, repeating the performance in the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne, and he ranks among the favourites for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, his last race aboard Apivia, which has been sold to Banque Populaire for Clarisse Crémer, before he launches his new IMOCA, another Verdier design, project managed as ever by CDK and Mer Concept, and currently in build.