I was as a crewmember of Polish boat "Otago" in the Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74 (today Volvo Ocean Race).
My colleagues and I participated in these regatta thanks to our enormous determination to start in their first edition. In those sad times of deep communism, sailing into such a great cruise bordered on a miracle. The pure sailing feat, in comparison to the challenges and problems associated with the organization of the cruise, was a piece of cake.
I wish the young sailors the same determination.