Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Today - coffee break off Cape Horn

A thousand miles from Cape Horn...

Amazing waves wash over the deck as crew fixes broken engine mount:

Puma racing team embraces surfing legend...

Puma's skipper (left) is 50 year-old Ken Read, an American yachtsman who is considered one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors. He was named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year” twice and has over 40 World, North American, and National Championships to his credit in a variety of classes including the J/24 and Etchells 22. - From Wikipedia

The honorary twelfth crew member (right) is American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model Laird Hamilton. The crew will track wave patterns while sailing through the remotest reaches of the world's oceans. As monster waves are found, Laird will fly in, prepared to surf.

“It’s been a life-long goal to push boundaries and find rogue waves at sea to ride,” says Laird. “When PUMA Ocean Racing approached me with ideas for how we might collectively make this happen during the Volvo Ocean Race, I was thrilled.”

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