Thursday, March 15, 2012

Volvo Ocean Race PUMA claim second 24-hour distance award

13528It sounds like a blast.  A 24-hour run of 527.8 nautical miles has earned Rhode Islander Ken Read’s PUMA team the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge award for Leg 4 of the Volvo round the world race.  And it helped them to a 2d place finish on the 5,200 mile, 19 day Sanya, China to Auckland, NZ Leg 4.  But in a Bangor Daily News syndicated piece Read spoke candidly about the price his team paid for their northerly run to high winds and a good sailing angle.  
Pounding for days in close reaching conditions is like living inside a drum as you try to rest in your pipe berth.  And then you get to go topsides to a firehose plane.  Read - 50 years old - has been through hell.  Dismasted in the South Atlantic, loaded aboard a freighter at Tristan DaCunha - the most remote inhabited island on earth  - Read's Puma team is 4th out of six .  How competitive is this race? Approaching Auckland the top three boats were in sight of each other.  A week's rest and then they head for Cape Horn.   I'll keep you posted. - GWCVolvo Ocean Race Puma skipper Read of the U.S. is seen on a yacht at the port in Alicante
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Harmon's Downeast Crabcakes - since 1923

Contains Crab, Wheat, Egg, Soy.  OK, a little mayo, some butter, green onion and mustard, vinegar, salt and Old Bay seasoning, that old reliable bit of zing.  Maine Made.  I can only vouch for the crab cakes.  I've got the clam cakes for Friday night, which is fish night.  Except that every night, most lunches and some breakfasts feature fish when I'm up here in Friendship, knocking about Knox County by myself.  Don't believe me?  Check it out - visit Harmon's HERE