I hope there is a reception for Sam and Isobelle if only to show solidarity to the skippers and for the Vendee Globe itself.
I'm sure there will be. The fan base has had that influence on coverage. They want to follow competitors even if they have retired. After all it is still a major achievement, just not the full VG unsupported circumnavigation. I don't know how many retirees have continued their circumnavigation in the past.I hope there is a reception for Sam and Isobelle if only to show solidarity to the skippers and for the Vendee Globe itself.
Sailing together in this context seems to have been within 100 to 250 nm. Close enough to be reachable in case of abandonment but far enough for relative freedom. It doesn't matter who arrives first or even if they arrive together but it may simplify logistics if they are a few hours apart. Isabelle was in race mode most recently before the keel failure. Sam had hoped to engage race mode in the Atlantic but conditions just weren't there to allow that.Any thoughts on whether Isabelle and Sam will meet up close to the finish line and sail in together or is it 'just get this thing over with' at this point?
If I was leading in this situation, as if I would even make it to the start line to begin the VG, my preference would be meet up and enjoy the reception(?) together but I can also understand why they would just want to get it over with.