2020 Vendee Globe – Start

The 9th edition of the Vendee Globe is about to start!

Racing began on the Virtual Regatta platform at 4:00am PST, while heavy fog delayed the actual race start by over an hour.

Wind conditions look to provide a fast port reach, probably foiling conditions, out of the Bay of Biscay and into difficult, head to wind weather before reaching any southern trade winds.

Interestingly, this edition does not include any previous race winners so the title is guaranteed to be obtained by one of the 33 sailors who’ve always dreamed of winning this race.

Good luck to all sailors!

Fairs winds and following seas!

Don’t Miss The Bus

There are mind numbing decisions happening all across the fleet as the Southern Hemisphere welcomes us into its arms and pits.

For the western group, it’s looking more and more like it all comes down to making that departure window much farther south than anticipated.  It doesn’t look like there’s any short cuts ahead, so don’t miss the bus!

Volvo Ocean Race has some great insights into the weather ahead and up to date information and interviews with everyone involved.  Check out the latest Daily Live:

The eastern group has some tough decisions ahead (I note, just as Nessalg makes a port tack for the mid-Atlantic) on the heels of some nail biting and incredible forward progress.   Is there enough breeze to stay on the train, or will they take their chances beating  hard to wind to Cape Town?

It’s been incredibly quick sailing across the equator easily maintaining a southward port-side broad reach since nearly the start of the leg.

It’s been a struggle without the Code 0 to keep up with the pack at times as I’m missing an extra quarter knot or so of boat speed on every beam reach.  Serves me right for choosing the light wind package on an Atlantic crossing!

The Drag Race to Neptune

The early split on Leg #2 from Lisbon to Cape Town going east to west showed confidence in an alternate route rather than the usual trade winds.

Although every Volvo Ocean Race Boat went west, many virtual sailors headed east down the African coast.

Major gains are being made in the east as a strong flow presses the fleet towards the Sengal doldrums.

The western fleet got a big break with increased wind pressure and reduced wind shadow behind Cape Verde.  It been a port side beam reach of around 100 degrees almost directly south for days!

The rubber is on the road as this drag race enters day 5! 

Check the Live Stream for constant racing action and updates!