Charlie DALIN

IMOCA Globe Series-
Age39 (5/10/84)
Top performance2nd of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2015
BasePort-La-Forêt (FRANCE)
PartnersMacif, Musto, Julbo
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 are coming up in 2021 and 2022, and Charlie, aboard his now familiar APIVIA, continues to impress on the water with remarkable performances.

In 2023, Charlie Dalin will launch a new IMOCA, MACIF, in order to prepare himself for his second Vendée Globe.

Sailing Highlights

2022: Route du Rhum - 2nd
Défi Azimut - 1st
Vendée Arctique - 1st
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 1st
Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 1st

2021: Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
Vendée Globe - 2nd (80d 06h 15m 47s)
Défi Azimut - 8th
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 2nd
Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st
 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: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
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


Name MACIF - Santé Prévoyance
Sail number79
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, CDK Technologies et MerConcept
Former names
Length18,28 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height
Mast typeWings mat
Sail area max.
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
© DR - Arrivée de la Transat Jacques Vabre 2019