The Volvo is not the only global race ploughing through across the seas this new year. As summer comes to the southern oceans the racing boats take their chances.
Battling her way round Cape Horn is Dee Caffari, attempting to be the first solo woman to sail westward around the world. Having sorted her broken auto-pilot, she is now faced with the less deadly problem of having no fresh bread till her oven gas pipe is fixed.
Mean while the Clipper fleet is heading out from Fremantle on its leg up to Qingdao in China via Singapore. Some of the crew of Liverpool had the dubious pleasure of the St Malo run this year with JP, and this leg sounded a lot of fun, so best wishes to them and hope they get better weather than we had!