On this virtual race each one has come with his/her own style of playing. Some are aiming for victory, some for a spot in the Top 100, 500, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 or even simply wanting to bring their boat back to Les Sables d’Olonne after a 24,000 miles journey. The fact is that they are many goals on this circumnavigation. They are more or less realistic but absolutely essential to keep on sailing across the oceans. You have often used your closest sailing rivals as pacesetters and short-term goals. In the same way, you’ve aimed to the different capes one by one, Cape Horn being the Holy Grail. But as days go by and without noticing it, we have developed a marine sensibility, better understood the weather systems in which we were struggling, adapted our sail set to the prevailing conditions, anticipated dead calms areas and chosen our route in order to go get a storm. Because it crosses the oceans, passes by islands, archipelagos, islets and other points of geography, this journey is also a wonderful mean for the schools taking part in the race, - or more trivially, for each of us, players – to plunge into this big book of Earth that fascinate us so much. Besides the game, the Virtual Vendée Globe is an extraordinary tool to understand a marine world that sometimes seems complicated; and this makes us all winners. So wherever we are on the planet, let’s have a look on starboard, on portside, ahead or aback: there is certainly a point of interest around, in addition to the mere race towards les Sables.
Is Istishia dealing the deathblow? By shifting eastward, the 2015 VSR champion seized back the race lead and his shift enables him to face the next days in the best way. The conditions are currently good for a fine sailing but the Azores High, which is quietly shifting towards France will be a fearsome last obstacle. Less than 1,000 miles away from Les Sables, things are getting clearer for the leaders.
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The gap between the different groups is even more impressive than some days ago and today the advantage goes to the sailors currently under Madeira. 1,232 NM away from the finish line, Tabarlylemaitre is leading while KLM 2235, currently under the Azores islands is 33th, at 1,305 NM. These are very different - but very interesting - strategies to watch.
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