Prior to the start of the most recent edition of the Vendée Globe non-stop solo round the world race the past winners have shared a very similar profile. All French, all fathers, all in their thirties or older and all having competed in the French solo racing circuit prior to the solo round the planet victory.
In November 2012 Shirley and the team selected four skippers that did not exactly fit that profile but had the potential to win the race. Could the seventh edition of the race break the mould?
This month on MAINSAIL we follow the extraordinary contest for the lead, from the painful and emotional departure in France to the dramatic fight to the finish where a new race record was set, in what was the closest ever edition of the Vendée Globe.
We witness heartbreak as skippers dreams are broken, extraordinary seamanship, and a race so close that the two skippers fighting for the lead were sight of each other after 15000 miles at sea.
Watch at the following times (GMT):
or watch here: CNN Mainsail – February 2013
François Gabart winner Vendée Globe 2012-13 © Christophe Favreau