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It is patently obvious now to everyone that Charal is very fast and is setting an incredible pace at the front of the IMOCA fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Since passing the Cape Verde Islands, when they were tacking alongside Apivia, the double-handed crew aboard Charal has continually accelerated, widening the gap to 120 miles today over their nearest rivals.

After nine days of racing, the leaders in the Transat Jacques Vabre are getting ready to enter the Doldrums, the infamous Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone that is so feared by skippers due to the great instability of the weather. Dominic Vittet, weather strategist and router for many sailors, gives us his analysis of the situation on Tuesday 5th November. Read on.