Charlie DALIN

IMOCA Globe Series4th
Points120 pts
Age40 (5/10/84)
Top performance2nd of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2015
BaseConcarneau (FRANCE)
PartnersMacif, Musto
CommitmentPetits Princes


Originally from Le Havre, Charlie Dalin discovered sailing at the age of 6, during a holiday in Brittany. From then on, this passion would never leave him. Over the years, Charlie Dalin has established himself as one of the young talents in ocean racing, particularly in solo racing.

With unwavering determination and heightened professionalism, Charlie makes success one of his main drivers. After graduating in naval architecture in 2006 from the University of Southampton, Charlie quickly set out on a career in ocean racing. He succeeded in pursuing a professional career in naval architecture and a meticulous physical, technical and mental preparation.

In 2011, Charlie Dalin will join the Pôle Finistère Course au Large of Port-la-Forêt where he will start in Figaro Bénéteau, the top category in solo ocean racing. In his second season, he won the Transat AG2R La Mondiale alongside Gildas Morvan. The following years will be made of podiums and victories, including the coveted title of Elite French Singlehanded Offshore Racing Champion, which he won twice (2014 - 2016).

Since 2015, Charlie has been part of the Skipper Macif chain of excellence, allowing him to devote himself fully to the Figaro circuit. During the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, he was chosen as substitute skipper for Yann Elies, a confidence gained in 2015 following the 3rd place of the two men in the difficult Transat Jacques Vabre. In 2018, Apivia Mutuelle joined Charlie on the Imoca circuit. A 4-year partnership until 2022, punctuated by the construction of a new generation boat, culminating in participation in the Vendée Globe in November 2020.

After a victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2019, followed by some excellent performances at the start of the year, Charlie Dalin was one of the favorites at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. After 37 days at the head of the fleet and an overall remarkable race, the skipper of APIVIA crossed the finish line in first place after 80 days at sea, but finished second in the ranking after applying bonuses to the other skippers. Whatever the ranking, Charlie can be proud of this first single-handed round-the-world race, which was totally in line with his ambitions.  

The IMOCA Globe Series races follow each other in 2021 and 2022, and Charlie, aboard his now-familiar APIVIA, never fails to impress. Le Havre was crowned IMOCA Champion in 2021, double-handed with Paul Meilhat, then solo in 2022!

In 2023, Charlie Dalin's team completes the construction of a new IMOCA, again designed by Guillaume Verdier, but this time in the colors of MACIF Santé Prévoyance. A few weeks before her launch, the skipper joins the crew of 11th Hour Racing Team for Leg 5 of The Ocean Race. A demanding transatlantic race between Newport and Aarhus (Denmark), which the team won brilliantly.

On his return, Charlie launched his brand new IMOCA, taking an impressive victory barely a month later in the Rolex Fastnet Race, alongside Pascal Bidégorry as co-skipper. The season was looking promising for Charlie and his team, culminating in second place in the Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération. However, fate threw a spanner in the works when health problems struck the skipper from Le Havre, forcing him to abandon the Transat Jacques Vabre shortly after crossing the finish line.

Although the start of this race partially secured his qualification for the Vendée Globe, Charlie must now commit to completing one of the two IMOCA GLOBE SERIES 2024 transatlantic races to guarantee his participation. The road to the prestigious competition will not be without its challenges, but Charlie remains determined to overcome the obstacles to achieve his ultimate goal: winning the Vendée Globe.

Sailing Highlights

2024 : New York Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne - Winner
2024 : The Transat CIC - 4th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Abandon
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 2nd
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 2nd
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Winner
2022 : Vendée Arctique - Winner
2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - Winner
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2021 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Winner
2021 : Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 2nd
2020 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 8th
2020 : Vendée Arctique - 2nd
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner
2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2015 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
Other highlights

2018: La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro - 3rd
La Solo maitre Coq - 6th
Douarnenez Fastnet Solo - 1st
La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro - 3rd
Douarnenez Horta Solo- 1st
La Solitaire du Figaro – 2nd
2015: La Solitaire du Figaro - 2nd
2015: Solo Basse Normandie - 2nd
2014: Championnat de France de Course au Large  - Winner
2014: Le Havre All Mer Cup - 3rd
2014: La Solitaire du Figaro - 3rd
2014: Lorient - Horta Solo - 2nd
2013: Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner Figaro
2013: Tour de France à la Voile - 3d M34
2013: Record SNSM - Winner
2012: Transat AG2R - Winner
2012: Med-Race - 3rd M34
2011: Solo Basse Normandie - 3rd Figaro
2010: Record SNSM - Winner
2009: Mini Transat - 2nd Pogo 2
2008: Rolex Sydney Hobbart - 2nd
2008: les Sables - Les Açores - Les Sables - 2nd Pogo 2
2004: Round The Island - Winner Farr 52
2004: Commodore's Cup - Winner Farr 52


Sail numberFRA 79
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, CDK Technologies et MerConcept
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8 tons
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWings mat
Sail area max.
Upwind600 m²
Downwind255 m²
© Maxime Horlaville / disobey / Macif
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© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
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© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
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© DR - Arrivée de la Transat Jacques Vabre 2019