John Bailes, a relative newcomer to sailing, is aboard Quadstone (in fourth place after five of seven legs). He never seems to have a bad day and his crewmates say hes become one of the most reliable members of the team. What does he like about the race? "The coolest thing is match racing in the middle of the ocean," he says. "You see a boat on the horizon, and you just go get them. Youve got the same exact boat, the same exact sails, same exact training, and when you pass them its really great. Of course the reverse doesnt feel too good." After sailing across the Southern Ocean, Bailes says, "Im used to three days of bad weather, but in the Southern Ocean it is just continuous. The seas are wild and confused."