Vendée Globe: Passing the traffic separation scheme Thursday 19 January 2017, 11h12

Thursday, 19 January 2017


Those of you who have been paying close attention to the tracker may be wondering about the route taken by Armel Le Cléac’h off the tip of Brittany in the Ushant separation scheme. Christophe Gaumont, President of the Race Committee and those monitoring the scheme have clarified the situation for us.

Ouessant Trafic, which monitors shipping in this separation scheme marking the entrance to the English Channel with its exclusion zone for the Vendée Globe skippers, confirmed this morning that the 60-foot boat had not entered the zone.

The official Vendée Globe tracker does not take into account all of the positions that are recorded, as it is updated every four hours. Between data, the tracker draws straight lines without taking into account tiny modifications of route along the way. At around 2100hrs UTC yesterday evening, Armel Le Cléac’h sailed a few dozen metres from the western tip of the Ushant separation scheme, as Figaro racers regularly do in the annual French race. The tracker shows a slight change of bearing after passing this point.

Christophe Gaumont, President of the Race Committee and international referee confirmed that the leader’s route did not take him into this exclusion zone, as shown on the data.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 January 2017 )