Please select your home edition
Edition
Lennon Thermalite 728x90 2

Charlie Dalin: "The year couldn't have started better"

by Vendee Globe 22 May 05:32 BST
Charlie Dalin on APIVIA during the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race © Jean-Louis Carli

Charlie Dalin (Apivia) won the third edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race which in fact is his first solo victory in IMOCA (excluding being first across the line in the Vendée Globe) and his fourth overall IMOCA race win since 2019 in all different formats combined. Twenty one of the 24 solo sailors entered have racked up their miles in their 2024 Vendée Globe selection race.

Charlie Dalin and his yellow and black monohull APIVIA dominated all the way around the triangle course from Brest taking the fleet towards the Fastnet before sliding south and a waypoint to the northwest. from Cape Finisterre, before returning to Brest. Nicolas Lunven (Banque Populaire) and Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) were on top very early on in the very first legs, Dalin always maintained his leadership from start to finish of the 1,200 nautical miles challenge set by this third edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race. He did have a little help from the from the weather - a windless ridge which he slipped through blocked the route of the pursuers on the climb back towards Brest, allowing him to increase his lead significantly.

"From the start, it went well for me, " smiles the sailor who grew up in Le Havre. " I managed to take the lead right away. I attacked hard and pressed the boat to go as fast as possible. This ridge helped me a lot since it closed the door behind me. I felt like I was in a state of grace the whole race. I have this reliable and efficient boat that I now really know inside out. In terms of the weather, I did quite well and I always had a bit of success when I needed it. The year couldn't have started better."

Unfortunately Jérémie Beyou (Charal) was high held back by the high pressure ridge and took 2nd place 15 hours and 15 minutes after the winner. Third place went to Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée), who was able to hold off Nicolas Lunven, replacing Clarisse Crémer aboard Banque Populaire (Damien Seguin's former Groupe Apicil), and Isabelle Joschke (MACSF), took a remarkable 5th in this first solo gallop of the season.

Parallel issues

In addition to the sporting challenges linked to the race, there were also qualification challenges in this third edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race. The skippers had the opportunity to qualify for the long and adventurous Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne the 3,500 miles June's epic race into the Arctic Circle.

21 of the 24 competitors in the Arctic Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne have already won their qualification by completing the Bermudes 1000 Race.

In addition, the 21 skippers who have completed the Bermudes 1000 Race have accumulated miles for selection in the Vendée Globe 2024. To be among the 40 starters, those who have run the most miles in the races of the IMOCA Globe Series Championship will have the priority.

Related Articles

Thousands honour Vendée Globe skippers
Emotions and celebrations suppressed by the pandemic for over a year came bursting to the fore Tens of thousands of partying, passionate Vendée Globe race fans and well-wishers lined Les Sables d'Olonne's Grand Plage, the main sea front promenade, last night (Friday) to honour the heroic 2020-2021 skippers. Posted on 5 Jun
25 skippers for Vendée Arctic-Les Sables d'Olonne
A race of discovery to the northern waters of the Arctic Circle Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendée and the Department of Vendée has just presented the skippers of the second edition of the Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne, more than 2 years from the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe. Posted on 20 May
2020 Vendée Globe skippers grand parade
Taking place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne on Friday 3rd June To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea. Posted on 14 May
The dream makers - Episode 4
Marrying up skippers and sponsors It is a long and mostly difficult path to the start line of the Vendée Globe and not everyone makes it. Here is number four in our series of those team members who work behind the curtain in a while variety of different roles Posted on 21 Apr
Vendée Arctique: Two months to go
Skippers will leave Les Sables d'Olonne and head north towards icy waters of the Arctic Circle At 5:00 pm on Sunday 12th June 2022 will be given the start of the Vendée Arctique, the first chapter of the Vendée Globe 2024 adventure. Posted on 13 Apr
The vanguard of a new generation
Harayda sets his course for the 2024 Vendée Globe In a few days time young British skipper James Harayda will take over his new IMOCA 60, Stéphane Le Diraison's 2007Groupe Finot designed and built A Time For Oceans, and his ambition of taking on the 2024 Vendée Globe takes one enormous step forward. Posted on 3 Apr
Twice as many cellulose fibres as microplastics
Fabrice Amedeo collected 53 samples using the microplastics sensor fitted aboard his sailboat A study by three French institutes: Ifremer, the University of Bordeaux and the IRD (a public research institution), reveals that the surface water of the Atlantic Ocean is twice as polluted by cellulose fibres as it is by microplastics. Posted on 2 Apr
Éric Bellion creating thefirst Vendée Globe “team”
One of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe returns Now, just these past days having turned 46, Eric Bellion - who was one of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe - is is off and running again. Posted on 21 Mar
NOR for Vendée Arctique 2022 is published
IMOCA skippers will leave from Port Olona on June 12th The President of SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Arctique and the Vendée Globe, publish the Notice of Race detailing the rules for participation in the Vendée Arctique - the first qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024 Posted on 18 Mar
Rodolphe Sepho on the long course to Vendée Globe
From growing up on his native Guadeloupe Rodolphe Sepho is 36 year old sailor from Guadeloupe who has Vendée Globe as his next major target, a big step up from solo Route du Rhum which he has completed 3 times now a mythical race which of course links Saint Malo with his native Caribbean island. Posted on 5 Mar