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Three more days to go for Sébastien Destremau

Technofirst Face Ocean, skipper Sebastien Destremau (FRA) Aerial illustration of start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée GlobeTechnofirst Face Ocean, skipper Sebastien De

This morning, Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) is to the NW of the centre of a high-pressure system. He is taking advantage of a 20-25 knot SW’ly air stream to make decent headway towards les Sables d’Olonne. Over the past 24 hours, he sailed almost 300 miles (average speed: 12 knots). Sébastien is having to deal with heavy seas with a 3-4m high swell. He should continue to stay in this strong SW’ly air stream for 40 hours more until Wednesday evening.
From Thursday morning, the wind will drop to 10 knots and back to the SE. This should allow him to continue to progress towards Vendée and he is currently expected to finish on Friday afternoon, although there is some uncertainty about the wind strength at the end.

© Sébastien DestremauEnergy problems and a lack of food
Yesterday evening on his facebook page, Destremau spoke of his energy problems on faceOcean. “Final alternator belt broken. Oh dear! If I can’t find a solution, there won’t be any power aboard in 12-18 hours from now. Trying to make a belt.” The other problem for the final competitor in the eighth Vendée Globe is the lack of food after more than 120 days of sailing and Sébastien is having to take drastic measures. His hunger is in fact causing him to have some wild thoughts about pulling into a drive-in.

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