Vendée Globe Finish expected at around 1530hrs UTC
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Pushed along by a steady, but cold easterly flow, Armel Le Cléac’h was just 48 miles from the Nouch S buoy and the finish line for the Vendée Globe at 1100hrs UTC. Averaging around twelve knots fifteen miles or so from the Isle of Yeu, the skipper of Banque Populaire VIII is expected to finish at around 1530hrs UTC.
There is a bitterly cold wind blowing in Vendée today and that is in fact good news for the leader and the spectators lined up in Les Sables d’Olonne, as Armel Le Cléac’h is now expected before the sun goes down and is due to enter the harbour some time after 1715hrs with high tide at 2029hrs UTC.
However, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) who is now around a hundred miles from the leader, is likely to lose even more ground. Firstly, because he is on a leeward route for around thirty miles, which will mean he will have to tack off Les Sables d’Olonne to finish. On top of that, he is sailing upwind on the tack where he cannot use his intact foil, and also because the 20-knot ENE’ly wind is due to ease (12-15 knots) this evening and veer easterly. So that in fact means that there is in fact around 120 miles between the first two boats… Or around twelve hours of sailing.
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