PUMA Ocean Racing arrived in Alicante, Spain mid afternoon Friday, successfully delivering their boat il mostro from their training base in the USA. The Puma boat and sailors will remain in Spain until the Volvo start in October.
The team left Newport on 26 August in preparation of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4. The transatlantic crossing was a chance for the team to see how the boat handled in the open ocean
'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 that we have succeeded. Our boat performed well and, we’re looking forward to getting this race started.'
The Puma boat and sailors will remain in Spain until October. The team still has to participate in the required safety training, weather briefs and il mostro will undergo official measurement by Volvo Officials. Ken and his crew will also use the time to practice of the In-Port and Pro-Am Races which will be held October 4-5.
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