--Swept Away
A barroom bet led to the creation of North America's most
addictive sailing race

--It's a Swell Life
Ex-surfing prodigy Jack Johnson has found new stardom as a
filmmaker and musician

--Star Crossed
Motocross could use a few more whiz kids to meet its soaring
demand for good riders

--Inside Out
Drought in the West, the passing of a trailblazer in the East
and more news

--Murphy's Law
The author's attempt to prime himself for an adventure race turns
into a training wreck

COLOR PHOTO: ADAM PRETTY WET AND RILED Navigating serpentine rivers on flimsy bamboo rafts were but one of the maddening obstacles for Raid winner VSD-Eider of France.

"Survival is triumph enough." --novelist Harry Crews