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.”