Charlie Dalin

Originally from Le Havre, Charlie Dalin discovered sailing at the age of 6, while holidaying 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 of ocean racing, particularly single handed.

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 offshore racing. He succeeded in pursuing a professional career in naval architecture and meticulous physical, technical and mental preparation. In 2011, Charlie Dalin joined the Pôle Finistère Course au Large training cluster in Port-la-Forêt where he started out in Figaro Bénéteau, the classic first step into single handed ocean racing. In his second season, he won the Transat AG2R La Mondiale alongside Gildas Morvan. The ensuing years were coloured by podiums and victories, including the coveted French Elite Singlehanded Offshore Racing Champion title, which he won twice (2014 and 2016).

From 2015, Charlie formed part of the Skipper Macif chain of excellence, allowing him to devote himself fully to the Figaro circuit. For the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, he was chosen as replacement skipper for Yann Elies, thanks to developing a friendship with him in 2015 following the duo's 3rd place in the difficult Transat Jacques Vabre. In 2018, Apivia Mutuelle joined forces with Charlie on the Imoca circuit. A 4-year partnership through to 2022, punctuated by the construction of a new generation boat, it culminated in a participation in the Vendée Globe in 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 favourites at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. After 37 days at the head of the fleet and a remarkable race overall, the skipper of APIVIA took line honours after 80 days at sea, but ranked second in corrected time after some of the other skippers had their bonuses applied. Whatever the ranking, Charlie can be very proud of this first single-handed round-the-world race, which was totally in line with his ambitions.  

Sailing Highlights

2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 1st
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 1st
Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
2020-21 : Vendée Globe - 2nd (80d 06h 15m 47s)
2020: Défi Azimut - 8th
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 2nd
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st
2018 : La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro - 3rd
La Solo maitre Coq - 6th
2017 : Douarnenez Fastnet Solo - 1st
La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro - 3rd
2016 : Douarnenez Horta Solo- 1st
La Solitaire du Figaro – 2nd
2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
La Solitaire du Figaro - 2nd
Solo Basse Normandie - 2nd
2014 : Championnat de France de Course au Large  - Winner
Le Havre All Mer Cup - 3rd
La Solitaire du Figaro - 3rd
Lorient - Horta Solo - 2nd
2013 : Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner Figaro
Tour de France à la Voile - 3d M34
Record SNSM - Winner
2012 : Transat AG2R - Winner
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
les Sables - Les Açores - Les Sables - 2nd Pogo 2
2004 : Round The Island - Winner Farr 52
Commodore's Cup - Winner Farr 52