Vendee Globe: Destremau At Cape Horn Today

Sunday, 29 January 2017


At 0600hrs UTC this Sunday morning Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) still had just 100 miles still to sail to make Cape Horn. When he rounds it will be some 84 days after he started from Les Sables d'Olonne and he will be the last Vendée Globe. He will have to make a double gybe and will have a NW'ly 25-30kts to get him past Staten Island before it builds again and backs to the west.

Vendee Globe: Pieter Heerema is still at 45 deg south on the Antarctic Exclusion Zone and about 1000 miles ahead of Destremau.

In the 30s now Romain Attanasio (Famille Mary-Étamine du Lys ) and Didac Costa (One Planet-One Ocean) are in much more pleasant temperatures and are still just three or four miles from each other.  They are catching up with the American Rich Wilson (Great America IV) who is 200 miles further north and has been struggling for several days on the edge edge of the St. Helena high. Another two hundred miles further north Alan Roura (La Fabrique) has extricated himself from the anticyclone and now has E'ly trade winds of only ten knots off Cabo Frio.
Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline) has been able to gain in the upwind conditions and make a break with Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Matmut) who is now one hundred miles to his south. Off Brazil the ESE'ly trade winds  are about 15kts, still held on to by Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy) and Eric Bellion who crossed the equator in the middle of last night. At 30° West, the skipper of CommeUnSeulHomme has got into the Doldrums but they do not seem too bad for him, relatively narrow.
By the end of today Bellion should emerge into the NE'ly more or less at the same time as they leave Nándor Fa who is about 1160 miles to his north.

Spirit of Hungary has a large anticyclonic ridge to cross, extending all the way east west between the Canaries and the West Indies, before he reaches the slingshot homewards of the Atlantic depressions.
Louis Burton (Bureau Vallee) is in the middle of the Azores archipelago in a brisk SW'ly, accelerating him northwards to the Bay of Biscay but becoming more active with strong winds through the early part of the week.

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