SIX WOMEN SAILORS are to start the solo, around-the-world Vendee Globe 2020-21 on Sunday.As Pip Hare notes: "More men have walked on the moon than women have completed the Vendee Globe." These six skippers are the focus of our coverage – the stories of courage and daring they bring to a competition with each other and 27 male sailors.

Isabelle Joschke

I’m going to give it my everything. I’m going to give everything to the competition, but my world doesn’t end there. I am not going to try to beat everyone at all costs. I want this to be beautiful. … Ocean racing is about more than competition.
Isabelle Joschke looked death in the face, and prepared her life raft.

The 2016 British Transat got off to a rough start. Two boats dropped out in the first two days, then the weather collapsed. Joschke was in a match with a British boat when her boat’s hull cracked on the port side and began shipping water. Here’s her account: