It’s regarded as the toughest endurance challenge on the planet. Yet it’s undertaken by amateurs and novices: Corinthian adventurers who receive intensive training before embarkingshow more on the world’s longest ocean race. Discover the diverse range of characters who take on this huge feat of human endeavour; what motivates them and how they cope under pressure.
The race was established by legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9; it was created to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience ocean racing and, for some, the rare opportunity to complete a circumnavigation.
More people have climbed Mount Everest than have raced around the world by sea. Twelve identical 70 foot yachts, each under the command of a professional skipper will cover more than 40,000 nautical miles. People of all ages and backgrounds take on Mother Nature in the raw in a series of global races, between six continents over eleven months,
Hopes and dreams are on the starting line but the toughest test of human spirit is yet to come.