venerdì 10 marzo 2017

Vendée Globe - Sébastien Destremau expected between 1400 and 1700hrs UTC on Friday

Sébastien Destremau will be welcomed home as a hero tomorrow, but there is one final hurdle before he reaches Les Sables d’Olonne, as tonight, he is going to have to deal with a wind hole. His ETA is between 1400 and 1700hrs UTC. Sébastien has until 1715hrs to enter the harbour. With his finish, the curtain will fall on this eighth Vendée Globe.

In every edition of the Vendée Globe, the final skipper to finish has always received a fantastic welcome back to Les Sables and that will certainly be the case tomorrow. After just over 124 days of sailing, Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) will be able to celebrate the conclusion of his first solo round the world voyage and his eighteenth place in the Vendée Globe.

One final night in light airs…
Sébastien did not have very much experience of solo sailing before setting out in the Vendée Globe. He has been the only skipper still racing since last Thursday when Dutchman Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) finished. Destremau took 110 days of food with him and has been on rations for a fortnight. He is certainly in a hurry now to reach land.

This morning, Sébastien Destremau is sailing in a SW’ly wind that is easing off (around ten knots). He is heading towards the SE to wait for the wind shift. The breeze will back southerly and then to the SE. This evening at around 1900hrs UTC, the sailor from Toulon will find himself in very light airs. The start of the night looks complicated with a wind hole blocking his route to Les Sables d’Olonne. 

Tomorrow morning he should pick up a light SE’ly and so he is expected to finish between 1400 and 1700hrs on Friday. Destremau needs to put his foot down to be able to enter the harbour entrance to Port Olona. If he can’t make it before 1715hrs, he will have to wait until the following morning to celebrate with the crowds.

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