Big tactical game on the Vendee:
Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - Tracking
The race is not only about sailing well and having the fastest boat. It is also about strategy.
Let me point out another big difference with the Volvo Ocean Race: All know that one is a crewed race without scales and this one is a solo one without scales but some don't know another big difference: on this one they cannot have any outside help in what regards navigation neither they can receive any customized weather or routing information.
This is a huge difference. Not only one single guy has to sail the boat by himself as he has to choose by himself the best way in what regards wind/sea and overall speed. This is one of the things that makes this race great and those guys some of the best and more complete sailors on the planet. We have seen recently Groupama whose crew included many solo sailors, rookies on the Volvo, beat the best professionals in what regards crewed long distance races and Veterans on the Volvo. This is how good these guys are
So the tactical game is a main game on this race and it is at play right now:
I have said that François and others were choosing a course near the Canaries While Vincent was choosing a course near Açores. That's confirmed. Let's see how the game turns out. More wind and sooner to Vincent, more distance on the right direction and less wind for François.
François is just a rookie and a kid compared to Vincent without much experience on Open60 (at least solo) but probably the best of the new guys that come from the Figaro class that is also a solo boat that has transats on its racing program, so he knows a thing or two about rooting
Very interesting to see how to turns out this chess play between the Kid and the Veteran