On Nov. 9, 2008, 30 sailors set off on 30 boats for a race around the world: the Vendee Globe.
It's a notoriously treacherous sail, from the south of France, around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and all the way back. Only 12 ships are still sailing.
One of those boats is the Roxy, currently in fourth place: It's bright pink with a candy-striped, bikini-clad skipper to match: Samantha Davies. At 34 years old, Davies will be one of the only women ever to finish the race.
A British engineer, Davies began sailing before she could walk. Her parents still live full-time on a houseboat. So far, she's had to rescue a fellow competitor who broke his leg in high seas (with the help of the Australian navy); dodged flying fish, eaten lots of chocolate and slept very little.
Though she's sailing alone, Davies is always in touch: You can follow her daily diary at www.samdavies.com and track her progress over the next 11 days at vendeeglobe.org/en; under "In the Race," click on "Race Tracker" for an update on her current position.