The Volvo Ocean Race (formerly Whitbread Classic) Anyone follow this? Some years ago, I encountered coverage on one of those sports channels of a sailboat race that looked kind of ordinary from the footage, but then I saw the scale of the thing. At the time, they were on a leg that was, as I recall, from Miami to Capetown in 21 meter single-mast boats with a crew of 11. Seemed just incredible at the time (still kind of breath-taking, really). Yesterday, the boats for the current race left Auckland NZ on leg 5, just shy of 7000 miles across the wide Pacific, through Drake Passage (around Cape Horn) up to Itajai Argentina. In a way, it is kind of boring to follow, weeks of sailing, but really a feat for these guys.