Friday, September 5, 2008

Puma Ocean Racing arrives into Alicante Spain

Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing
After a 10 day Atlantic crossing, Il Mostro (PUMA Ocean Racing) arrives into Alicante Spain, the start port for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, from their home port of Newport, Rhode Island USA, also completing their 2000 mile qualifier for the race en route.
The team's arrival marks the successful completion of their transatlantic delivery of il mostro in preparation of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. "We called this our team's "Leg 1." It was great practice for our boat and team," said skipper Ken Read.
"We were able to work out some kinks and really come together as a team. Our goal at the beginning of this project was to get a great team of guys on il mostro, and I can confidently say we have succeeded. Our boat performed well, and we’re looking forward to getting this race started."il mostro and the PUMA Ocean racing Team will remain in Spain until the start of the Race in October.
The team still has to undergo safety training, weather briefs and il mostro will undergo official measurement by Volvo Officials. The race kicks off on October 4-5 with the In-Port and Pro Am Races. The seven entered teams will begin Leg 1 to Cape Town on October 11.