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Bean Town Bonanza

Our
friend (from way back!) Laurie Fullerton sends this report on a couple
of pretty big deals for the Right Coast of the US. Enjoy.

The
city of Boston may not realize what they have in their midst, but two
major sailing events are coming their way – one is a fleet of 11 Open
60s now storming across the northern Atlantic all this week with the first
boat due in at Rowes Wharf in Boston around May 22. This is the second
time in its history that the Artemis
Transat
, (formerly called the OSTAR) will be sailing for Boston. Although
the event began in 1960, the first Transat to Boston was in 2004 and featured
both monohulls and multihulls (won by Michel Desjoyeaux) . In the mono-hull
division, Mike Golding, OBE, of England reached Boston in 12 days, and
his is the record to beat. There are no multi-hulls in the race this year.

The
other Boston event is set to arrive here next May, but yesterday marked
the christening ceremonies of the PUMA Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70 christened
"il mostro" by Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek in
a waterfront ceremony at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston at
Fan Pier on Monday. "The boat’s look is a testament to PUMA’s creativity
as a brand, as well as its support for PUMA Ocean Racing to build the
best Volvo Open 70 that it can," says Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing
Skipper. "It was a lot of hard work from many people to get this
boat into the water in such a short time and we couldn’t be more proud
to be sailing il mostro later this year in the Volvo Ocean Race."