I wrote about the Volvo Ocean Race when it started last year. Two of the legs have been completed. Here's a good story about The Black Pearl on the Ocean Race website.
What I find amazing is ships made these voyages without all of the high tech gadgetry and keels of today. These boats keep in touch with the race organizers via email. The captains send in the logs entries. You can read them. I've been keeping up with the progress and the mishaps. Amazing.