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Vendée Globe gets into blood of skippers

Updated: November 10, 2012, 8:41 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

LES SABLES D'OLONNE, France -- This quadrennial race gets under a skipper's skin and stays there, a permanent, subcutaneous layer of exotic salt. The best single-handed sailors obsess about getting to the start of the Vendée Globe. Then they obsess about finishing, and keep returning until they do. Then they obsess about how much better they might perform next time, with a newer boat, cannier tactics, a little better luck. Rare is the skipper who isn't tempted to tempt fate again.

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