Video: Company in the Southern Ocean

Even in the middle of the Southern Ocean, the skippers of the Vendée Globe find company.

The Vendée Globe is a solitary event, with skippers tackling the open ocean alone, and often going days or even weeks without seeing another boat. In the Southern Ocean, though, some skippers bump into unexpected guests. A passing competitor or even a distant cargo ship can be a welcome sign of life after hundreds of miles at sea.