A race against the clock for Pieter Heerema

Sailing onboard images of the IMOCA boat No Way Back, skipper Pieter Heerema (NL),  during training for the Vendee Globe 2016, off Belle Ile in South Brittany, on October 3, 2016 - Photo Jacques Vapillon / No Way BackImages embarquées de No Way Back, sk

Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) has been pushing hard to be able to enter the harbour this evening. If he does not arrive on time, he will have to wait until tomorrow morning to moor up his boat at the Vendée Globe pontoon.

Heerema gybed at 1730hrs yesterday afternoon just five miles from the coast of Galicia. Since then, he has been heading towards the NE in light winds blowing at 8-9 knots, which means he has been slowed. Early this afternoon, he should be able to pick up an ESE’ly wind allowing him to accelerate and complete his round the world voyage in just over 116 days.

Sébastien Destremau hoping for a better catch
Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) is sailing upwind in a fairly strong NNE’ly wind (20-25 knots). He should remain in this air stream until tonight, before the wind eases. He may then get his fishing gear out again hoping for a better catch than in his recent videos. Sébastien is having to ration his food and any extra food would be highly appreciated. He is still 1700 miles from Les Sables d’Olonne and he is still expected to finish around 9th-10th March after around 125 days at sea.

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