This story appears in the Oct. 17, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.
ARRR! ORGANIZERS OF THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE, a triennial around-the-world yacht event that begins Oct. 29 in Alicante, Spain, decided to alter the route to avoid those pesky pirates in the Indian Ocean. Smooth sailing now, right? Not exactly. Extending an eyeglass to the horizon, race director Jack Lloyd shares with The Mag all the big potential hazards the seven seafaring teams will have to negotiate.