© Great CircleThe end of the Vendée Globe looks at least as complicated as the end of the Solitaire du Figaro. The key elements to be taken into account are the wind which decreases from the front and the shift of the wind to the East.
The fact that the wind is stronger in the West favours Jean Le Cam and Yann Eliès who are going to reduce the distance to Jean-Pierre Dick in the evening and during the night. This scenario has been anticipated for several days by the skippers, but it is not an easy situation for the leader.
The wind which shifts from the South to the East is also complicated to handle. The three boats are gradually going to sail upwind. They will then have to tack and head towards the finishing line.
In theory, it would be necessary to sail as close as possible to the coast of Vendée to get the best wind angle. The problem is that near the coast, the wind can be lighter and much more unstable. It is therefore necessary to choose a good compromise between © Great Circlewind speed and the best angle. Rules to be applied in these situations are well known in summer. Skippers are less used to racing in winter with temperatures below 0. The effects on the wind are different. They will have to study closely the high resolution models and trust their experience.
For Jean Le Cam, the wind shift will be a little closer to the coast. He can thus aim at a point closer to Sables d'Olonne while Jean Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès should not be far from Noirmoutier Island.
The end of the race looks very interesting for the public and probably very stressful for all three skippers who had certainly not imagined they would end the Vendée Globe so close to each other.
Christian Dumard and Bernard Sacré / Great Circle