Three of the south's sailors have set off in one of the most gruelling of races.
Mike Golding from Southampton, Gosport's Alex Thomson and Sam Davies from Hayling Island are competing in the Vendee Globe, solo non-stop around the world challenge.
The 25,000 mile circumnavigation begins and ends in France. Dubbed the marathon of the seas, the Vendee is said to be the ultimate test of human endurance.
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