© Great CircleThe end of the race is not simple for Eric Bellion and Conrad Colman. The depression which is at present to the north-west of Cape Finisterre is moving southward. Eric Bellion had this morning 40 knots of wind with gusts around 60 knots in the squalls. If he follows a direct route, the wind could exceed 55 knots with gusts around 70 knots on Friday.
To avoid this very dangerous zone, the skipper of "Comme un Seul Homme" decided to follow a route further South to sail around the zone of very strong winds. He will then be able to sail along the Portuguese and Spanish coast in a south-easterly wind which will shift gradually to the east.
© Great CircleThe situation is not much more comfortable for Conrad Colman. The depression will move towards the south-west from Friday, focing the Kiwi skipper to alter his course to avoid the strongest winds.
Christian Dumard and Bernard Sacré/Great Circle