Volvo Ocean Race

dsc004631So Patty and I went to the Boston stop of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday. This is the only American stop over on a round the world shit crazy race on boats that cost more than my entire neighborhood. Who says the economy is slumping? For some reason Volvo and Puma and the rest of the race sponsors wants to host this event in the most beautiful part of Boston, on the long forgotten Fan Pier. Upon arrival at Fan Pier one must navigate the desolate parking lots filled with trash and chain linked fencing. Really a beautiful area for a sailing venue right? But after braving the walk through the lots you come upon the actual venue itself which is on a very nicely landscaped extension of the harbor walk from across the channel. Of course the area was filled with fun filled marketing presentations but over all it was actually pretty cool. The boats were amazing and the giant Volvo television played videos filled aboard the ships while they raced which reminded me of my favorite TV show Deadliest Catch. You couldn’t really help but to be swept into the excitement and the desire to talk about sail boats like you really knew what you were talking about. One of the race sponsors Puma has built what it calls a city but is more like a bar/store out of shipping crates down (see Pictures). While ordinarily I would have shunned such an obvious ploy for them to steal money from me, I found myself with a Narraganset in hand buying clothing. Surprisingly the store was reasonably priced and the multitude of college kids working there were actually pretty helpful. Oh yeah and the Narraganset’s were only 5 bucks for the big can, that helped.

Puma Shoe boat. I thought Allie would like it.

Puma Shoe boat. I thought Allie would like it.

They work on the boats at every port. It is costing the sponsors much more then they originally intended.

They work on the boats at every port. It's costing the sponsors much more then they originally projected.

Makes you wonder why Fan Pier isn't developed. Yet.

Makes you wonder why Fan Pier isn't developed. Yet.

The boats split in two. Its pretty cool.

The boats split in two. Its pretty cool.

The Bar

The Bar

Puma drink and shop.

Puma drink and shop.

By far the sexiest paint job.

By far the sexiest paint job.

you can fix your hair in the reflection.

you can fix your hair in the reflection.

I am emailing Puma to see if they will make me a ski suit like this.

I am emailing Puma to see if they will make me a ski suit like this.

Volvo made a car for Patty, it sees tail lights and stops on its own.

Volvo made a car for Patty, it sees tail lights and stops on its own.

By far the nicest boat in Boston Harbor. The dock is also new and was built for the event.

By far the nicest boat in Boston Harbor. The dock is also new and was built for the event.

Definitely watch the movie below, it will make you want a sail boat. These guys who sail these things are shit house crazy and the videos make for some pretty good entertainment.  Also check out:

http://pumaoceanracingblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.volvooceanrace.org/

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~ by rpfeiffe on May 4, 2009.

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