Vendee Turns Inward

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Armel Le Cleac'h, on Brit Air, is hunting the leaders, and once he takes the gloves off, watch out.

Armel Le Cleac'h, on Brit Air, is hunting the leaders, and once he takes the gloves off, watch out.Armel Le Cleac'h/ Brit Air/ Vendee Globe

Sebastien Josse is skippering BT in the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe.

Sebastien Josse, skippering BT in the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe, was lying third overall on December 16. The young, prudent skipper who led the Volvo's ABN AMRO Two effort, could very well be leading the fleet in the race's later stages. A bit of foreshadowing, perhaps?Sebastien Josse / Bt / Vendee Globe

Mike Golding steers ECOVER into the 40s during the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe.

The cruel fate of Mike Golding, England's unlucky singlehander. On December 15, he finally pushed Ecover into the lead. Hours later, he dismasted and was left what he described as "not even a stump." He was denied in the 2001 edition as well.Mike Golding / Ecover / Vendee Globe

Samantha Davies is skippering Roxy in the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe.

Samantha Davies, skippering Roxy in the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe, may have a boat that's nearly a decade old, but she's putting up credible numbers, including a fleet-best 300-mile-plus 24-run. She sports the Roxy wear well--moon boots and all. She's also smiling every time the camera clicks.Samantha Davies / Roxy / Vendee Globe