It is with great emotion that we have just learned that, following a medical problem which Charlie Dalin suffered this week in Brittany, he will unfortunately be unable to take part in the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre between Le Havre and Fort-de-France, due to start this Sunday at 13h29.

The duo on the IMOCA MACIF Santé Prévoyance, Charlie Dalin and Pascal Bidégorry, will nevertheless cross the start line in agreement with the medical team in order to enable Charlie to continue with the Vendée Globe qualification system, but will be forced to retire once they cross the start line.

In this context, the press briefing initially scheduled for Friday 27th October at 15h has been cancelled to allow Charlie Dalin to remain focused on the particular conditions of this start.

In accordance with Charlie Dalin's personal wishes and out of respect for the other crews lining up for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, no statements will be made in the next few days.

The directors, elected representatives and all the staff of Macif and Apivia Macif Mutuelle wish to express their support for their skipper Charlie Dalin in this difficult personal and sporting ordeal. Everyone is more than ever at his side.

Source Macif