Ride Along, Too
Are we grossly late with part two of our Puma grand prize winner’s story? Hell yes we are!
These boats are unlike anything I’ve ever set foot on. One thing you notice is that there are no tracks outside the massive main traveler. All the leads are floating. There is absolutely nothing that doesn’t have a distinct purpose. Out of respect for their privacy, the crew asked that I did not take pictures below decks. Downstairs, these boats are spartan. Not like a stripped out IRC racer – there’s just nothing there! There are four pipe berths, a stove, a crude head (OK, it offers the luxury of a curtain) and a nav station. That’s it. They don’t even have floor boards so when water comes below – and it does – they live in it. I’m sure the Puma Offshore gear helps a bit. Puma took input from the world’s best sailors and incorporated it into amazing gear. It’s a bit out of my price range right now but it’s on my wish list.
OK, on to the sailing. After we tooled around Boston harbor letting everyone have a turn at the wheel, we got into sequence for the first race. Our guest helmsman for the first race was Paul Cayard – a few of you may have heard of him. Paul had his Pirates jacket on and didn’t want to wear Puma gear. In his friendly but persuasive manner, Kenny convinced him to put on some Puma pants. Paul was friendly but totally focused on the task at hand. At one point, I found myself standing at the back of the bus between Kenny and Paul. Just another day at the races huh? We won the first race handily.