When French sailor Arnaud Boissières was 17 years old and sick with leukemia, he was brought by his father to see the first Vendée Globe heroes and to try to forget his illness for a few days. After years of successful chemotherapy, Boissières decided to earn his living as an adventure sailor.
His boat was dismasted in brutal conditions during a 1999 race across the Atlantic. On Feb. 22, the now 37-year-old completed a 24,840-mile race around the globe at an average speed of 9.85 knots in a little more than 105 days. For information, click here.