Vendée Globe Light trade winds with a few squalls

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Tuesday 10 January 2017, 11h57

Banque Populaire VIII and Hugo Boss are officialy out of the Doldrums, but the trade winds remain light with a few squall

The Doldrums are now behind the two leaders, but the average speeds are not very high. We see on the satellite picture that there is a lot of cloud activity to the east of the route taken by Banque Populaire VIII and Hugo Boss. The trade winds are rather light with a lot of active clouds.

Jérémie Beyou has entered the Doldrums while Jean Pierre Dick seems to have chosen a western route to avoid the light winds.

A depression will be positioned in the south-east of Cape Horn tomorrow morning, for Eric Bellion and Conrad Colman as they round the cape. The South Westerly winds could exceed 40 knots for the 8th and 9th boat to round the Horn.

Behind, the Pacific high pressure system is still well positioned. It leaves a small corridor of wind to its south and is blocking the depressions. 

At present to the south of New Zealand, Sébastien Destremau is trying to maintain a high speed to avoid being overtaken by the depression coming from the West on January 12th and 13th with winds blowing at more than 50 knots.

CD and BS / Great Circle

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2017 )