Even before Sunday's departure from Le Havre, the Transat Jacques Vabre loses one of its main stars. The Macif team announced this Friday that Charlie Dalin, entered with Pascal Bidégorry in the Imoca category, was withdrawing from the 2023 edition.
“It is with great emotion that we have just learned that, following a medical problem that appeared in Charlie Dalin this week in Brittany, he will unfortunately not be able to participate in the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre,” said namely the team which did not give any further indication on the medical concern of the Norman, one of the favorites of the event in the Imoca category. In 2021, Dalin finished 2nd in the Vendée Globe and last year he also took second place in the Route du Rhum in this category (13th in the general classification).
“In accordance with the personal wishes of Charlie Dalin and in respect of the other crews who will take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, no declaration will be made in the coming days”, specify the leaders close to their skipper “in this personal and sporting event difficult."
Sick, Charlie Dalin will nevertheless take part in the start after having received the approval of the medical team, but he will return to the port just after crossing the finish line, in order to continue the qualification system for the Vendée Globe without compromising his chances of participating in the solo world tour next year.
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