On Saturday, November 10, 20 boats crossed the line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at the start of the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe. The event, held every four years, has been dubbed "the world's toughest race." And for good reason. The solo, non-stop race first heads south from France, goes below the major capes—the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn—and then heads back up the Atlantic to France. Typically, at least half of the skippers are forced to retire early, and this year is proving no different.