Elaine Bunting

Why use water surface tension for propulsion when the wind is more efficient?

There are 400,000 boats racing round the world right now, driven by some heroic feats of self-sacrifice

Pete Goss's family crew are heading into the Southern Ocean as is a crew of Australian and Canadian cruisers

Redress for rescue gives Vincent Riou 3rd in the Vendée Globe, and a useful cheque in the pocket

Thomas Coville missed the solo round the world record, but gave max value in self-expression

What is Vincent Riou's claim for redress for his dismasting in the Vendée Globe really all about?

The Vendée Globe's number one superstar dismasting is a sad day for the media

If solo sailors are so in tune with the sea, how come they don't seem to recognise any of their fellow travellers?

Elaine Bunting reviews the first week of the solo round the world race, and analyses what lies ahead