One of the most interesting guys on the next vendee Globe is Alessandro di Benedetto. He passed directly from a Miniclass racer to an Open 60. That's like going from a Kart to a F1
Alessandro has completed recently a circumnavigation solo and nonstop with a mini class racer and not an easy one. He lost its mast at midway, jury rigged and without outside help finished the circumnavigation under jury rig as if it was a minor problem. A resourceful gay to say the least and a hell of a sailor.
Compare both boats and look at the happiness in his face just looking at his new big toy: