PUMA’s Mar Mostro

PUMA’s Mar Mostro

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Wendy Lam

Last week PUMA invited me to New Port, Rhode Island to the unveiling of the PUMA Mar Mostro, the “Monster of the Sea,” for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 under the skilled hand of PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read. I was quite excited to have the chance to ride the PUMA Mar Mostro, it was an amazing experience and also got to meet Ken Read and American big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton (husband of Gabrielle Reece).

The Mar Mostro was designed by Juan Yacht Design of Valencia, Spain, and constructed at New England Boatworks, Inc., in Portsmouth, R.I. Giant octopus tentacles grip hold of the boat and features the new PUMA “Aqua Cat,” a liquid explosion of the iconic PUMA cat emerging from the waves. Conceived by Bertone and PUMA’s London-based brand design team, GBH, the boat was hand-painted by artist Dean Loucks of Elkhart, Indiana. The yacht weighs 14 metric tons, with a 4.5 meter draft and 5.5 meter beam, and it can reach speeds of more than 40 knots during the race.

The PUMA Ocean Racing crew has commenced off-shore training on the new Volvo 70 using Newport, R.I., as a base. The nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, which starts in Alicante, Spain, in November 2011 and concludes in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012, the teams will sail more than 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, South Africa; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Sanya, China; Auckland, New Zealand; around Cape Horn to Itajaí, Brazil; to Miami, Florida, USA; Lisbon, Portugal; Lorient, France, finishing in Galway.

Exciting adventure! If you want to follow the team on this amazing trip, check www.puma.com/sailing.

It was fun times. For more on my trip at RI, check after the jump…

Morning outfit: Opening Ceremony x Levi’s Jacket (courtesy of Levi’s), 9am White Top, Levi’s Denim Shorts (courtesy of Levi’s), Nicole Miller Addison Caino Crossbody Bag (courtesy of NM), PUMA x ALIFE First Round, nOir Jewelry Esme  2 Finger Sword RingZEROne x Bounty Hunter Watch (courtesy of ZEROne), Prada Minimal Baroque Sunglasses (courtesy of Luxottica)

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