Charlie Dalin, a first in the class with tenfold ambitions

PORTRAIT – Holder of the title, the 37-year-old sailor-architect is one of the favorites with his new coskipper Paul Meilhat.

Charlie in front and all the others behind. Since plunging into the deep end of the Imoca two years ago, Dalin has often been the first to raise his arms. Including when he finished 2e of the Vendée Globe, won by a Yannick Bestaven who arrived after him in Sables-d’Olonne but crowned with the bonus game linked to the rescue of Kevin Escoffier. This good habit of a busy sailor, the Normand, who has since “digested»This unprecedented finish, intends to perpetuate it on the Transat Jacques Vabre of which he is the title holder (victory alongside Yann Eliès in 2019). But also one of the favorites with his new coskipper Paul Meilhat, another size of the monohull.

Above the lot on the Fastnet Race in August and then untouchable on the great race of the Défi Azimut at the start of the school year (a 550-mile loop in the Atlantic), the duo «Car passed badly of cases» recognizes Dalin. “You still have to be careful with overconfidence and not let your guard down, tempers Le Havrais, who will leave

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