Comparing racing in a 40-foot ProSail catamaran to racing a Volvo 60 around the world is like equating a daily run to a succession of triathlons. This months cover story by Terry Hutchinson, Richard Clarke, and Keith Kilpatrick details how extreme this race is. Frequently changing sails and shifting tons of gear from rail to rail, the crews race each six-hour period between position reports as a sprint. Theyre wet, exhausted, often dehydrated, and nearly starved; its no picnic, and injuries are common. Better to be an armchair skipper, regularly pulling up volvooceanrace.org to see whos gained or lost, look at onboard pictures, and read the crews e-mails, or simply waiting to tune into the ESPN program for each leg.