Sadly, in future races, there'll be no room for the likes of a Stokes, Tada, Paris, or Shiraishi, big-hearted men sailing relatively diminutive boats. In a sign of the times, in a hunt for more well-known (i.e., French) sailors and their potentially deep-pocketed sponsors, organizers have announced that the next Around Alone will be called 5-Oceans, and only those sailing Open 50s and 60s need apply. Depending upon who ponies up the cash to buy the rights as the title sponsor, the race-which has always started and finished from a U.S. port-may not even have an American port of call. Whatever ultimate direction 5-Oceans takes (and yes, that name will require some getting used to), it's clearly the end of an amazing era in the annals of solo sailing. From this vantage point, it'll be sorely missed.