Here is an interesting event. On November 5th the 11th around the world sailing race will begin. The race lasts eight months and covers some 39,000 miles. Some sections of the race have not been made know because of the problem of piracy along the African coastlines.
There are six teams from six different countries: Abu Dubai, New Zealand, France, United States, China, and Spain. Over the last 11 races ten sailors have been killed, most recently in the 2005-6 race when the sailor was washed overboard.
I have to wonder why Great Britain has not put forth a team as they were one of the great ocean going nations of the world. If you would like more information or follow the event visit there very complete site The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.