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Vendée Globe: Pieter Heerema due in Les Sables tomorrow evening

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 Pieter Heerema
Pieter Heerema

In the 1400hrs UTC ranking this afternoon, the Dutch skipper, Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) only had 280 miles left to sail before crossing the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne. He merely needs to cross the Bay of Biscay to complete his solo round the world voyage. He is expected to do that on Thursday between 1700 and 2100hrs UTC. He is slowed down in the transition zone, which he will have to cross late tonight or early tomorrow morning. We should therefore get a more precise idea of the ETA for the skipper of No Way Back tomorrow morning.

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Currently sailing off the coast of Spain, Pieter Heerema can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Dutch sailor is about to succeed in his personal challenge of completing the non-stop solo round the world voyage to take 17th place in the eighth Vendée Globe. After around 116 days of sailing, the first Dutch competitor in the history of the Vendée Globe will enjoy a fantastic welcome back to Les Sables d'Olonne with the harbour entrance open from 1500 to 2130hrs on Thursday.

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