March 24, 2023

Passage of several sailing races, such as the Vendée Globe, the Doldrums, located in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the places most feared by sailors.

The skippers fear crossing this zone. Located in the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator between Central Africa and South America, where the trade winds from the northern hemisphere and those from the south buffer each other, the Doldrums, also called the “convergence zone intertropical”, is just as unpredictable as it is tricky.

Because the weather conditions are uncertain and rapidly changing. At this place, large black clouds form and the wind can be very violent and filled with heavy rain or, on the contrary, be completely non-existent. A real lottery for sailors, who may not always be in the same boat.

Charles Caudrelier won the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum in 2022.

And while sailors are regularly trapped by the passage of this obstacle, the passage of the Doldrums can determine the final classification of a race.

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