I often wonder how solo marathon racers feel about their job. Do they think the whole thing is crazy and that this year for sure they're going to visit a shrink? Knowing full well the magnitude of their risk and the power their sense of adventure has over rational thought, 20 sailors pointed their high-tech IMOCA 60s into the nearly always-angry North Atlantic. The starting gun for this edition of the Vendée Globe nonstop race around the world fired at 13:03 French time on November 10, 2012. The route takes them from Les Sables-d'Ollone, France, around the Cape of Good Hope, eastward through the Southern Ocean, around Cape Horn and northeast back to France. The distance—about 30,000 nautical miles sailed in approximately 90 days.