Charlie Dalin and Yann Elies win in Imoca class


The skippers Charlie Dalin (left) and Yann Elies winners of the 2014 Vat Bard in the Imoca class. – AFP

The shock duo formed by sailors Yann Elies and Charlie Dalin (Apivia) won the Transat Jacques Vabre in the flagship category Imoca monohulls Saturday night in Salvador de Bahia. The tandem cut the finish line in Brazil at 21H23 (01H23 French time), after a crossing from Le Havre in 13 days, 12 hours and 8 minutes. The two visibly delighted sailors raised their arms in the air as a sign of victory at the crossing of the finish line, facing the lights of the Brazilian city.

Second consecutive victory for Yann Elies

Yann Elies, 45, had already won the race, with Jean-Pierre Dick (St Michel – Virbac), in this same category of boats at the last edition of the race held every two years. The navigator from Saint-Brieuc, also winner of three Solitaire du Figaro, also won the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre in the multihull category. For skipper Charlie Dalin, 35, this is his second participation, after a first crossing in 2015 in duet with Yann Elies already. They were then on the 3rd step of the podium after an extremely hot race.

The 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre was won, all categories combined Friday by the tandem Gilles Lamire / Antoine Carpentier. On board their multi-class trimaran (Group GCA – One Thousand and One Smiles), the two sailors advanced ahead of the two other multihulls entered, after a crossing of 11 days, 16 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds. In total, three categories (Multi50, Imoca and Class40, monohulls of 12 m) compete this year in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the longest transatlantic race with its 4,350 nautical miles (about 8,000 km), created in 1993 by the city from Le Havre and the famous brand of coffee.

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