On this final day I would like to thank the members that have viewed this thread over the past 4 months. Although it didn't generate a huge amount of activity via individual replies 25,000+ views proves the thread was a popular read. The goal was to help advertise the Vendee Globe as an International event and not just a French race. I believe we succeed in that endeavor.
When I say we I mean @Electromagnetic who deserves a massive shout out for the daily updates, the daily news, and providing the links to the official VG site, Seawolves video, and Andi Robertson's excellent English commentaries and interview's.
They seem to have tidied this up a bit with categories. You catch up by watching weekly highlights as a sort of weekly series or live the whole race over by following the virtual race on the map (on the Vendee site) and watching videos on board, daily highlights, Vendee live etc.
Excellent! For those who cannot view the linked video, he is resuming his circumnavigation but as he now has the time, he is first going to explore the Pacific Islands. His first destination is Noumea in New Caledonia.
The track below shows arrival at Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch, where Sebastien retired from the race for repairs to Merci, his IMOCA yacht. We can also see the route of the sea trial he undertook, to make sure everything was in order for the journey ahead. Now he is heading North in to the Pacific.
I have looked and VG isn't tracking him now that the race is over. The free ie unsubscribed tracking services I have referred to during the Vendee Globe do track satellite AIS but do not display details to non-subscribers.
What we can do is attempt to correlate Seb's tracker with the unlabelled plots on the others. Why would we want to do that? We might want a different wind overlay or to look at other traffic.
This is where I think he is going. The lines I have drawn are only a crude indication of where he is going and not his actual route.
Here is the map again but with other boat types filtered out. This just shows yachts and pleasure boats.
Okay, we know where he is and where he is going. How do we know how fast he is sailing or what the conditions are like. I have just discovered that the tracker he uses has a click and display feature. This is much more convenient than having to use timed screen grabs as with the VG tracker.
Looking at the Noumea meteorological site, there was a cyclone which is moving away, leaving improved weather for the island.
Sebastien Destremau - Christchurch (NZ) to Noumea, New Caledonia (Pacific Islands) - En route.
The official tracker on Sebastien's site does not give the actual departure time. VesselFinder gave a position from near the start of the race! It also gave Lyttleton but no backtrack. As I think I alluded to yesterday, each of these trackers has it's pro's and cons. MarineTraffic delivered the goods in this case (It's my go to tracker).
ATD = Actual Time of Departure. This gives us a departure date and time in NZ time ie UTC (GMT) +13 Hrs
This gives us a departure date from Lyttleton, near Christchurch, of 5th March 2021, 03:54 UTC, 16:54 (NZ).
Unfortunately we don't have a full track back via MarineTraffic but we can use the Merci track and guesswork. A word of caution here - the Merci tracker uses UTC +1, just to complicate things further.