• Dalin Grabs The Brass Ring!




    This Wednesday January 27 at 8:35 p.m. and 47 seconds (French time), Charlie Dalin crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne after 80 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes and 47 seconds of solo racing around the world nonstop and unassisted.

    At 36 years old and for his very first Vendée Globe, Charlie lived up to his status as a big favorite as he led the race 48% of the time! His talents as a racer, as a technician and his strategic intelligence were sublimated during these 24,365 miles solo around the globe. His combativeness, while he was handicapped by a port foil unusable since mid-December, was also decisive. However, we will have to wait for the arrival of Boris Herrmann (bonus of 6:00 am) and Yannick Bestaven (bonus of 10:15 am) tonight to know if Charlie turns honors on the line into victory in the standings. It will certainly be a matter of minutes…. A completely new scenario in the Vendée Globe.

    In the dark night, a formed swell, pushed by fifteen knots of wind, the bow of the yellow boat cut the line anchored in the South the Nouch South buoy, all sails out. No time to waste for Charlie Dalin: every minute counts for the establishment of the final classification. But whatever his position on the board, the skipper of Apivia be proud: in line with its ambitions, it was on the water the strong man of the 9 th Vendée Globe. More than 37 days at the helm of the fleet, or 48% of the race time. Hat!




    Charlie's race

    On board his latest generation Verdier plan, he took the reins for the first time on November 11 in the North-East of the Azores. Then, its route is marked by a large bypass to the west of the tropical depression Theta… a gap of around one hundred miles that it will take a few days to fill during the descent of the North Atlantic. Passing Ecuador, he is already in the top three, behind HUGO BOSS and LinkedOut. The trade winds of the southern hemisphere allow her foiler to take off: a few days follow one another at high speed. When rounding the Saint Helena high and while Alex Thomson was stationary to repair cracks in the bulkheads of his boat, Le Havrais took control. A scout cavalcade follows in the Great South:




    For his first Vendée Globe, the one who admitted to appreciating solitude before the start, is revealed in his element, perfectly in control of himself and of the situation. This unparalleled competitor - 4 podiums in the Solitaire du Figaro, victory in the last Transat Jacques Vabre aboard his Apivia - used every weapon to defend his position.

    On December 10, at the end of a very strong gale that he was the only one to take full force before passing Cape Leeuwin, his average speed was hit.

    On December 14, Charlie had been the leader for 21 days when the breakage of his port foil low chock occurred and broke his momentum. On the cape, wrapped in a white jumpsuit, mask on his nose, the skipper Apivia spends 18 hours shaping a new low carbon and composite wedge. When he sets off again, nothing remains of his 60 miles lead, and it is even with a deficit of 135.5 miles on LinkedOut and barely less on Master CoQ IV that he leaves, port foil unusable.



    But Dalin cashed in, held on and kept his place in the trio throughout the crossing of the Pacific. He passed Cape Horn in 2 nd position and brilliantly negotiated the meteorological gymkhana which marked the ascent of the South Atlantic. He gained more than 400 miles on Bestaven and regained his position as leader on January 12 off Brazil, while the whole pack of pursuers, served by more favorable weather, came back strongly to contact. The rest is played on a mine of mine with Louis Burton. In the ascent of the North Atlantic, the skipper of Apivia remains inside the turn, shifted to the east of his pursuers, until he passes very close to Cape Finisterre. A winning strategy!

    Lover of the sea and boats since his first edges in an Optimist at 6, became a naval architect by passion, Dalin is a perfectionist who is interested in everything and does not neglect any detail of his preparation, technique, physical and mental. He set out on his first round-the-world trip with a dream of victory and the means to achieve it, including a latest generation boat, perfectly developed by the Mer Concept team. Whatever the outcome of the general classification, one certainty remains: he has the makings of great champions.



    CHARLIE DALIN / APIVIA STATS

    He will have covered the 24,365.74 miles of the theoretical course at an average speed of 12.65 knots.

    Actual distance traveled on water: 28,267.88 miles at actual average speed of 14.67 knots

    The major passages:

    Ecuador (go)
    3 e on 18/11/2020 at 9:03 p.m. UTC after 10d 07h 43min Race

    Cape of Good Hope
    1 st on 30/11/2020 11:11 p.m. UTC after 22j 09h 51min Race

    Cap Leeuwin
    1 st on 12/13/2020 11:25 UTC after 34d 22h 05min

    Cape Horn
    2 nd on 03/01/2021 04:39 UTC after 55d 15h 19min

    Ecuador (return)
    2 E on 16/01/2021 8:11 p.m. after 69J UTC 06h 51min, 59 minutes behind Louis Burton

    Number of top classifications (Vendée Globe score reference): 226

    Best 24-hour distance
    November 20 at 0500 UTC: 506.99 miles at 21.1 knots average

    His boat
    Apivia, Verdier plan (foils), built by CDK Technologies and Mer Concept
    Launch: August 2019

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