The waiting game continues for Pieter Heerema. The Dutch skipper of No Way Back mist carry on waiting some 800 miles away from Les Sables d'Olonne. He is sailing relatively sedately in 10-15kts of breeze about 450 miles west of Porto in Portugal, staying south as the low pressure moves into the Bay of Biscay today. Winds of 35kts are forecast from the GRIB files - which usually means 40-45kts in reality, accompanied by eight metre waves. Heerema has been making 4-5kts and sailed just over 115 miles in the last 24 hours.
It is still looking like he will start moving from the latitude of Vigo on Tuesday perhaps, and arrive Thursday in light 10kts S'ly winds, according to this morning's forecasts. Having suffered so many technical and weather problems over the course of his race, one can imagine the relief and satisfaction for the Dutch skipper who will also become the second oldest skipper to finish the Vendée Globe.
No change in the weather conditions for Sébastien Destremau. His NE'ly tradewinds are blowing at 20kts today and his days are still play, repeat, play, repeat. But the ebullient Vendée Globe rookie, who only resolved to himself to do the race when he was working during the start of the 2012 race, knows each tough mile brings him closer to the finish line. He is expected back in Les Sables d'Olonne in about 10 days time, roughly March 6 to 10th. Destremau has a high pressure ridge to the north of him which looks quite messy.