Is it tougher to race around the world today than it was nearly forty years ago?
This month on CNN Mainsail, Shirley is with pioneers who competed in the early editions of the Whitbread Round the World Race including the very first in 1973 and those who are currently heading for Cape Town in the first leg of the current edition of the race, now the Volvo Ocean Race.
This crewed lap of the planet by sail has in many ways changed beyond all recognition, but the essence is exactly as it was, sailors heading off into the unknown or an extraordinary adventure.
Today the professional crew are competing on carbon fibre boats, stacked with technology, everything from the clothing they wear to the food they eat, to the way they sail has changed. But.. has progress made life easier… or will the crews of the 2011 Volvo Ocean Race find life on board tougher then ever before.
Watch the show at the following times (all in times in GMT):
Or online here: CNN Mainsail – November 2011
Steinlager 2 © Ian Roman / Volvo Ocean Race